DEC nabs L/stone woman for money laundering

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) through the Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit has arrested a 44-year-old Livingstone businesswoman for money laundering amounting to K852,891.22.

And the Commission has also arrested a 30-year-old Lusaka marketeer for trafficking in over 1.4 tonnes of loose cannabis in Eastern Province.

According to a statement issued by DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo, Emma Esnart Mwanza, being a director of Elohim Church Association, on dates unknown but between January 1, 2017, and January 1, 2018, whilst acting together with other persons unknown, did steal K852,891.22 from a named bank.

“Emma Esnart Mwanza of Plot No. 289/28 of Lusaka-Livingstone Highland for theft and money laundering, contrary to the laws of Zambia. Particulars of the offence are that the suspect, being a businesswoman and director of Elohim Church Association, on dates unknown but between 1st January, 2017, and 1st January, 2018, whilst acting together with other persons unknown did steal K 852,891.22 from a named bank. This was after the Elohim Church Association bank account was credited with money from various foreign master cards and VISA cards, which funds were immediately withdrawn from the account leading to the bank losing a total amount of K852,891.22 through charge backs received from foreign banks owing to the fraudulent transaction on the account. One motor vehicle has been seized from the accused who is currently on police bond,” Katongo stated.

And Katongo announced that the Commission arrested a Lusaka marketeer for trafficking in over 1.4 tonnes of loose cannabis.

“Helen Chirwa, 30, a marketeer of Lusaka’s Chawama compound has been arrested in Chipata District for trafficking in eighteen by ninety kilogramme (18x90Kgs) sacks of suspected loose cannabis weighing 1.44 tonnes. The suspect is currently in police custody and will appear in court soon,” stated Katongo.

         

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