A Kitwe Teacher has been sentenced to two years simple imprisonment for obtaining a K53,852 loan by falsely using another person’s name and NRC.

This is in a matter in which Sharon Waliywa, 36, of house number 1762 Luangwa Township in Kitwe was facing three counts of Forgery, Uttering false documents and obtaining money by false pretenses.

Waliywa is a Teacher at Luangwa Combined School in Kitwe.

Particulars of the offence in count one were that Waliywa on August 13, and August 14, 2019 whilst acting together with others unknown forged a National Registration Card purporting to be a genuine NRC of Suzan Mweetwa when in fact not.

In the second count Waliywa whilst, acting together with others unknown fraudulently uttered a forged NRC for Mweetwa purporting to be genuine when in fact not.

In the third count, Waliywa on August 13, 2019 whilst acting together with other unknown people obtained money by false pretense with intent to defraud Mweetwa of K53,852 cash from Bay Port Financial services by falsely pretending that they were eligible to obtain a loan when in fact not.

In mitigation, Waliywa said that she was the bread winner of her family and a single parent to her four children.

She said she regretted what she did.

But Chingola Senior Resident Magistrate Peggy Banda, in passing judgement, said that the prosecution had proven the matter beyond reasonable doubt.

Magistrate Banda said Waliywa forged the documents and uttered the forged document in order to obtain the loan using someone’s name.

She said the evidence before court proved that the accused was trying to defraud someone.

Magistrate Banda sentenced her to two years on each count and they will run concurrently.

In a related case, another teacher at Butondo Secondary School in Mufulira is facing one count of obtaining K13,500 by falsely pretending that she would offer employment when in fact not.

This is in a case where Miriam Daka, 35, is facing one count of obtaining money by false pretense.

Particulars of the offence are that on unknown dates but between February 1 and 28, 2019 in Chingola with intent to defraud and obtain money from Joyce Lupupa by falsely pretending that she would secure her employment in Government when in fact not.

She pleaded not guilty to the offense.

Magistrate Shadrick Chanda adjourned the matter to November 22 for trial.