The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested a 46-year-old man from Linda Compound in Lusaka for identity theft and money laundering offences involving over K32,000.
DEC Public Relations Officer, Mwenge Mulenga, said this followed a series of identity theft cases reported in Lusaka in which one of the cases had led to the arrest of Leonard Banda.
Mulenga said this in a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday.
He stated that Banda, who, whilst acting together with other persons unknown on dates believed to be between August, 1, 2022 and February, 5, 2024, forged two (2) National Registration Cards (NRCs) bearing the names Viyeso Chileshe and Kelvin Mwila.
“He later forged 2 E-pay slips and two confirmations from two different employers for a loan application purporting that it was genuinely issued by two different named government health institutions when, in fact, it was not,” Mulenga said.
He added that Banda went on to fraudulently obtain a credit of K32,593.05 in the name of one of the forged NRCs.
Mulenga said the suspect later attempted to obtain another credit of K50,000 at the same financial institution using the other forged NRC.
“The suspect has since been charged with forgery, uttering false documents, as well as obtaining and attempting to obtain credit by false pretences. He is on bond and scheduled to appear in court soon,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Mulenga indicated that the Commission had continued its national offensive approach against the trafficking and importation of illicit drugs.
He revealed that this had led to a string of arrests and the seizure of a staggering amount of illegal substances across various provinces.
“The Commission from Kopa area in Kanchibiya District in Muchinga Province arrested John Mulenga, male aged 62, for cultivating fresh cannabis plants weighing 570kgs,” Mulenga said.
He added that in another operation, officers apprehended a suspect identified as John Kalenga Katwishi, a male aged 28 from the Ntamba Mweru area of Chiengi District, for trafficking in over 70 Kilograms of loose Cannabis.
He stated that the suspect was believed to have acquired a Congolese Identification Card, which he used to cross into the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, where he used to buy illicit drugs and supply them to Zambian communities.
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