Computer hacker ordered to pay victim R3500 per month until R350k he stole is ‘paid in full’

Raydson Lehlogonolo Ntsala was sentenced to three years of correctional supervision by the Gqeberha Regional Court for the fraud he committed in 2017. The computer hacker tricked a woman into paying him R350 000.

COMPUTER HACKER MUST PAY BACK VICTIM

The court ordered the 35-year-old to repay the victim as part of his sentence. He must immediately pay R10 000 and thereafter he must pay the victim R3500 per month until the balance is settled. It should take about eight years.

“On 07 November 2017, while the victim was in Germany visiting her daughter, Ntsala hacked the victim’s computer and then sent an email to the victim purporting to be the victim’s broker who had previously indicated that he wanted to make an investment of R350 000 on her (the victim’s) behalf,” explained Hawks spokesperson Captain Yolisa Mgolodela.

The victim was aware of the deal and had previously agreed to it with her broker. She unknowingly authorised the amount of R350 000 to be paid into Ntsala’s account after she received the computer hacker’s email.

Later, she contacted the broker and checked if everything was in order but the broker had no idea what she was talking about. It was then established that the email came from a hacker.

The matter was reported to the Hawks and the accused was eventually arrested in Rustenberg on 28 January 2021.

He was released on R2000 bail and was eventually convicted on 14 October 2021.

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