Kaputa Assistant Accountant Arrested for Money Laundering

By Staff Reporter

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Northern Province has arrested Kaputa District assistant accountant for money laundering activities involving over K 200,000.

DEC Public Relation Officer Theresa Katongo said, Oliver Changwe, 47, has been arrested and charged with theft by public servant, forgery, uttering of false documents and money laundering contrary to the laws of Zambia.

“Particulars of the offences are that Oliver Francis Changwe, on dates unknown but between 1st January, 2014 and 12th January, 2016, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, in his capacity as an assistant accountant at Kaputa District Medical Office in the Northern Province of Zambia, did steal public funds amounting to K232,181.50 by way of raising cheques to himself and forging signatures on acquittal sheets purporting that the said monies had been paid to the beneficiaries when in fact not,” Katongo said

She said that Changwe further engaged into money laundering activities and acquired two residential plots which have been seized as proceeds of crime.

“The suspect has appeared in the Mporokoso District magistrates court for mention and has been granted bail. His case comes up on February 12, 2018 for plea and possible commencement of trial,” Katongo started

Meanwhile, Katongo said DEC in Southern Province arrested Conwell Chawantama, 56, a small scale farmer of Simalimbe village in Kayanda area, Mazabuka, for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis weighing 5.3 tonnes and Seliya Hanganda, 50, also of the same village for trafficking in loose cannabis weighing 25kg.

She said the duo will appear in court soon.