Ex-MTN worker denies pocketing K890, 000

 

A FORMER MTN Zambia employee has denied stealing over K890, 000 of which part of the money was allegedly used to buy seven vehicles.

Fernando Malambo appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates Court on Monday facing 10 counts of which seven are money laundering offences.

Malambo, 30, of Libala Stage 4, was employed as a payroll officer at MTN Zambia when he allegedly committed the offences.

When the matter came up for plea before magistrate Kenneth Mulife, Malambo, who is represented by Lusaka lawyer Keith Mweemba, pleaded not guilty on all 10 counts.

But when the matter was called for on Tuesday, it failed to take off because a State prosecutor handling the matter was sick.

In count one, Malambo is slapped with unauthorised interference with data contrary to section 99 (2) of the Electronic Communications and Transaction Act no. 21 of 2009.

It is alleged that on dates unknown but between November 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 in Lusaka, Mr Malambo did intentionally and without authority interfere with the MTN payroll data for the months between January 2013 and May 2014.

In count two, Malambo is facing fraudulent false accounting contrary to the Penal Code.

It is alleged that on dates unknown but between November 1, 2013 and June 30 2014 in Lusaka with intent to defraud, Malambo did make false entries in the MTN payroll system from January 2013 to May 2014.

In count three, Malambo is slapped with a theft by servant charge contrary to the Penal Code.

It is alleged that on dates unknown but between November 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 in Lusaka, Mr Malambo did steal K893, 709.75 the property of MTN Zambia which came into his possession by virtue of his employment.

In count four, Malambo is facing money laundering contrary to section 7 of the Prohibition and Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

It is alleged that between November 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 in Lusaka jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, Malambo did engage directly or indirectly in a transaction that involved K893, 709.75 money being proceeds of crime, whereby part of it was concealed or disguised by purchasing a vehicle, Toyota Corolla registration number ALT 7831.

In count five, Mr Malambo is facing money laundering contrary to the law.

It is alleged that between  November 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 in Lusaka, Mr Malambo  did engage directly or indirectly in a transaction that involved K893, 709.75 being proceeds of crime, whereby part of it was concealed or disguised by purchasing a vehicle namely Toyota corolla registration number ALR 5074. It is also alleged in count seven that he concealed or disguised part of the money in purchasing a Toyota Corolla registration number ALT 6886 and Toyota Corolla registration number ALR 4004.

In count eight, Mr Malambo is alleged that between November 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 in Lusaka, Malambo did engage directly or indirectly in a transaction that involved K893, 709.75 being proceeds of crime, whereby part of it was concealed or disguised by purchasing a Toyota corolla registration number ALJ 6735.

It is alleged in count nine that between November 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 in Lusaka, Mr Malambo did engage directly or indirectly in a transaction that involved K893, 709.75 to purchase Toyota corolla registration number ALP 2347.

It is alleged that in count 10 between November 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 in Lusaka, Malambo did engage directly or indirectly in a transaction that involved K893, 709.75 and purchased a Toyota corolla registration number ALM 9823.

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