Mauritian arrested for money laundering

THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested a 46-year-old Mauritian national for money laundering involving over K800, 000.

DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo said Dhiraj Dhunputh, 46, project manager at Forges Tardieu Zambia Limited, was arrested for forgery, uttering of false documents, obtaining goods by false pretences, being in possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime and money laundering.

Ms Katongo said particulars of the offence were that between 1st August, 2015, and 24th June, 2016, Mr Dhunputh while acting together with other persons unknown did forge invoices amounting to K817, 971.66 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.

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

Mr 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 had been released on police bond and would appear in court soon.

And in a related development, the Commission had arrested a 38-year-old Zambian businessman for obtaining money by false pretences.

She said Trevor Kiolwe, 28, a businessman of house no. 1 Kalungushi Road, Kamwala in Lusaka, was arrested for obtaining goods by false pretences.

Particulars of the offence are that between 1st December, 2015 and 15th June, 2016, Mr Kiolwe jointly and while acting together with other persons unknown did obtain K4, 090, and K6, 545 from two different people, and K3, 740 from four others.

Mr  Kiolwe further obtained K5, 500 from two others 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.

The suspect would appear in court soon.

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