SA to extradite cyber fraud suspects

Hawks say 10 people linked to a global syndicate will be extradited to the US to face various charges.

The suspects were arrested on Tuesday in a joint operation between Interpol, US immigration and customs enforcement, Home Affairs and the Hawks, bringing to a close an investigation which started in 2011.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has authorised the extradition of 10 people suspected of links to a global cyber fraud syndicate which has allegedly defrauded dozens of US citizens of millions of dollars.

The Hawks say 24 people in total will face various charges including money laundering, fraud and identity theft in a court in Mississippi, United States.

The suspects were arrested on Tuesday in a joint operation between Interpol, US immigration and customs enforcement, Home Affairs and the Hawks, bringing to a close an investigation which started in 2011.

The Hawks' Paul Ramaloko said, "We arrested 10 of those suspects on a warrant of arrest which were presented to the South African government by the US investigators. Primarily they are facing charges of fraud and theft and they will be prosecuted in Mississippi."