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Johannesburg - Police on the West Rand have arrested an alleged  fraudster and money launderer, Gauteng police said.

"A 41-year old suspect will most likely be spending Christmas behind bars following the call to Gauteng police by provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Deliwe de Lange to ensure that criminals do not get to enjoy their festive season, but are rather brought to book," Captain Kay Makhubele said.

In an intelligence-driven operation on Saturday, members of the Gauteng provincial investigating unit thwarted what could be a money laundering scheme following the disappearance in November of R5 million from the books of an NGO on the West Rand.

"The suspect was to collect a sum of money from a Pretoria company suspected of being used as a channel to launder the money, in the alleged corrupt activity. Police are satisfied that there is sufficient evidence which could see more suspects arrested. 

The suspect will appear in [the] Pretoria [Magistrate's] Court soon," Makhubele said.