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Lewthwaite fleeced banks in South Africa

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY AGENCIES
Samantha Lewthwaite, the woman believed to be among the terrorists.
Samantha Lewthwaite, the woman believed to be among the terrorists.

The British woman linked to the Westgate Mall attack,used a fake South African passport to get finance from South African banks.

An investigation has revealed that Samantha Lewthwaite owes South African banks thousands of rand in bad debt written off.

Wanted for her links to the militant group al Shabaab, Lewthwaite has been on the run in Africa for the past few years.

Dubbed the “White Widow”, she converted to Islam in her youth and was married to one of the suicide bombers responsible for the 2005 terror attacks in London.

According to our investigation, Lewthwaite spent time in South Africa using a false name and passport.

During this time, she went by the name Natalie Faye Webb and lived in Johannesburg. She signed four rental leases in and around Johannesburg suburbs in 2009.

A woman with the same South African alias was used to secure loans from local banks. Default judgments have been issued to Webb for bad debt.

In 2011, the Randburg magistrate’s court issued a judgment against her for more than R20,000 (Sh200,000) debt she owed to First Rand Bank.