Lusaka businessman arrested for money laundering 

By Staff Reporter

 

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Lusaka have arrested a businessman for money laundering activities involving over K600,000.

In a statement to the media today DEC public relation officer Theresa Katongo said Joseph Banda, 28, a businessman of House No. 412, Silverest Gardens in Lusaka has been arrested for forgery, uttering false documents, obtaining goods by false pretences and money laundering, contrary to the laws of Zambia.

“Particulars of the offence are that Joseph Banda on dates unknown but between 1st August, 2018 and 9th January, 2019, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown with intent to defraud did forge a letter purporting to have been written by the Attorney General and uttered it to the Managing Director of Cure Chem Pharmacy Limited for the offer of supply of ARVs amounting to USD80 million when in fact not,” said Katongo

She said the suspect further forged a letter addressed to the Republican President purportedly written by the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Emmanuel Mulenga Pamu, on the status of the supply of cancer treatment drugs and Antiretroviral drugs by Cure Chem Pharmacy Limited, when in fact not.

“The suspect also forged a letter purportedly by the Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary to Cure Chem Pharmacy Limited and fraudulently obtained K610, 000 by falsely purporting that it was part of a bank guarantee for the supply of ARVs to the Zambian Government when in fact not,” she said

Katongo added that the suspect has been released on police bond and would appear in court soon.

Meanwhile, Katongo said the Commission in Lusaka had arrested a 29 year-old business woman identified as Tasha Nkweto of Garden House area for possession, trafficking, importing and exporting various quantities of cocaine and heroin.

She said the contraband, which was concealed in art curios, was intercepted in an operation conducted at a named courier company in route to Europe.

Katongo further said the suspect is currently in police custody and was expected to appear in court soon.