DEC Nabs Mauritian For Money Laundering

DEC Nabs Mauritian For Money Laundering.

THE Drug Enforcement Commission ( DEC) through its Anti- Money Laundering Investigations Unit has arrested a 46- year- old Mauritian for money laundering involving over K800,000.

DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo identified the man as Dhiraj Dhunputh, 46, a project manager at Forges Tardieu Zambia Limited.

Ms Katongo said Dhunputh was arrested for forgery, uttering of false documents, obtaining goods by false pretences, being in possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime and money laundering.

“ Particulars of the offence are that on dates unknown but between August 1, 2015 and June 24, 2016, Dhiraj Dhunputh whilst acting together with other persons unknown did forge invoices amounting to K817,971.66.

“ He was purporting that the said invoices were issued by the suppliers of Forges Tardieu Zambia Limited when in fact not and fraudulently uttered the said invoices to Forges Tardieu accounts officers,” Ms Katongo said in a statement yesterday.

Ms Katongo said Dhunputh was, during investigations, found in possession of K160,700 and US$ 27,523 cash, the property suspected of being proceeds of crime.

She said Dhunputh was also found with two laptops, an iPad and a Samsung S7 Edge Phone property derived directly or indirectly from illegal activities.

Ms Katongo said the suspect has been released on police bond and will soon appear in court.

In a related matter, Ms Katongo said the commission has arrested a 38- year- old Zambian businessman for obtaining money by false pretences.

She identified the man as Trevor Kiolwe, a businessman of house number one Kalungwishi Road in Lusaka’s Kamwala area and that he was arrested for obtaining goods by false pretences contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

“ Particulars of the offence are that on dates unknown but between December 1, 2015 and June 15, 2016, Kiolwe, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown did obtain K4,090 and K6,545 from two different people and K3,740 from four persons individually.

“ Kiolwe further obtained K5,500 from two persons respectively by falsely pretending that he had found them jobs in the foreign service and that they needed to undergo a diplomatic training course when in fact not,” said Ms Katongo.

Ms Katongo said the suspect will appear in court soon.