Za: Businessman convicted of Experian data breach skips sentencing, court issues warrant for his arrest

Jeanette Chabalala reports:

A man who was convicted of fraudulently obtaining the personal data of millions of South Africans is a wanted man after he skipped his sentencing.

Karabo Phungula failed to appear in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court, for his sentencing on Wednesday.

It was the second time that he missed a scheduled court appearance in the case, in which he was accused of fraudulently obtaining a trove of personal and business data from data services firm, Experian, in 2020.


In May 2020, Experian handed over the data of over 23 million people and nearly 800 000 businesses to Phungula, who impersonated a businessman who was authorised to have the information.

Read more at News24.  More details about the fraudulent access can be found in an earlier News24 report.

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