Cape Town - Commercial Fraud Unit (CFU) members surprised a man while he was preparing to clone bank cards in his bedroom, a policeman told the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Bellville on Tuesday.
Warrant Officer Jonathan Simpson, an intelligence official attached to the police Crime Prevention Unit, told the court he was with the CFU team when it secretly entered a three-bedroomed apartment in Thornton, Cape Town, about midday on October 1, 2010.
Simpson testified that he entered the unlocked room first, followed by his colleagues, to find Ikennia Ezennia sitting on his bed with a laptop, into which card cloning cables and a skimming device were plugged.
Ezennia and his co-accused Martin Igube, both Nigerians, have pleaded not guilty before magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg to a charge of conspiracy to commit bank card fraud.
Simpson told the court the apartment belonged to a policewoman, who lived there and leased the two spare rooms to foreigners.