DEC arrest two in Nakonde for money laundering

By Staff Reporter

The Drug Enforcement Commission in Lusaka has arrested two people for theft and money laundering involving over K 2 million, contrary to the laws of Zambia.

DEC public relation officer Theresa Katongo said the duo are George Siame 45, a businessman of Katozi village in Nakonde and Ruth Ngoma, 42, also a business woman of the same village.

“Particulars of the offence are that on dates unknown but between 11th January and 8th November 2018, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, the duo, being directors of Goshen Farms and Agro dealers, stole bags of fertiliser worth K 2, 221, 884 from a known fertiliser company. The duo further distributed the said fertiliser to various farmers using the e-voucher Farmer Input Support Programme and laundered funds realized from the scheme by transferring funds to other accounts as well as making cash withdrawals to purchase various properties,” said Katongo

Katongo said both suspects are on police bond and would appear in court soon.

“The Commission wishes to caution small-scale farmers to be weary of unscrupulous individuals or businesses and always report any suspicious transactions in order to avoid falling prey to such illegalities,” she said.