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    Bank manager sentenced to jail for stealing millions from ATM and clients

    A former bank manager faces 15 years in jail for stealing millions from his employer through the ATM and estate accounts.

    Aubrey Lepala Tlaka, 45, was a bank manager at one of the banks in Kwaggafontein Complex in Mpumalanga.


    According to the Hawks, the former bank manager stole a total of R3.6 million from between January 2011 and November 2012.

    “Tlaka, who was a bank manager… stole more than R3.6 million from the automatic teller machine and the client’s estate account.”

    Mpumalanga Hawks spokesperson Warrant Officer Bonnie Nxumalo.

    ALSO READ: Lone robber allegedly hits Standard bank and Absa in Cape Town 8 times



    In 2012, Tlaka was caught for his crime. He was arrested and appeared in court but the bank manager fled, said Nxumalo.

    “He absconded but was re-arrested by the Middelburg-based Hawks’ serious Commercial Crime Investigation team. The accused was detained and charged.”

    Tlaka was found guilty on numerous counts of theft on 25 May this year. He could not abscond this time as he remained in custody until his sentencing this week.

    “He was sentenced on 28 June 2022 to 15 years’ imprisonment and eight years’ imprisonment, which will run concurrently.”


    Bank fraud cases have been in the spotlight this year, including the recent arrest of an FNB employee in Limpopo.

    The accused, an FNB consultant, allegedly stole R36 million from a deceased client’s account. The fraudster, 28, was arrested by the Hawks.

    The Hawks again pounced on a Standard Bank employee in Mpumalanga in March for allegedly reactivating accounts of dead clients.

    The accused, Dorcas Nyambi and her accomplices named themselves as beneficiaries of the account. They transferred approximately R470 000 from the accounts.

    Another bank case which made headlines was the massive fraud of R103 million by an Absa IT engineer.

    ALSO READ: R103m Absa fraud case withdrawn after suspect was MURDERED

    Xolela Masebeni was arrested in January after allegedly transferring the millions into six different bank accounts between September and December last year.

    His girlfriend, Athembile Mpani and another accused, Gershom Matomane were included in the charge sheet by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). They faced charges of fraud and money laundering.

    But the case against the IT expert was withdrawn in February after Masebeni was killed. The alleged fraudster was shot dead at his Eastern Cape home. His co-accused however remain charged.

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