DEC nabs banker for money laundering

 

THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested a female banker and two of her relatives for money laundering involving over K3, 000,000. This was contained in a statement issued yesterday by DEC public relations officer, Theresa Katongo that the commission through its Anti-money Laundering Investigations Unit (AMLIU) had arrested a female banker and two of her relatives for money laundering amounting to over K3, 000,000. The woman has been identified as Jessie Bwalya Kayelata Tapalu, 34, a banker of Plot No.223/23 Kabangwe in Lusaka, who was arrested on five different counts which included fraudulent false accounting, theft by servant, forgery, uttering of false documents and money laundering contrary to the Laws of Zambia. Ms Katongo said that others arrested in connection to the same offence are Leo Tapalu, 37, a businessman and husband to the accused of the same abode, and Emely Matongo Mweene, 63, a house wife and the mother-in-law to Jessie Tapalu of Plot No 156180/80 Kamwala South in Lusaka. ‘‘The Drug Enforcement Commission through its Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit (AMLIU) has arrested a female banker and two of her relatives for money laundering involving over three million Kwacha ( K3, 000,000),’’ she said. She said that DEC had since seized the proceeds of crime that were realised by the accused persons which were later used to invest into movable and immovable property such as motor vehicles and buildings. Ms Katongo said that it is alleged that Jessie Bwalya Kayelata Tapalu on dates unknown but between 1st May 2014 and September, 2015 jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown by virtue of her position as a bank officer at a named commercial bank with intent to defraud did steal money amounting to K3, 069,779.10 from her employers and then made money transfers to her husband Leo Tapalu amounting to K405, 470, to her mother-in-law Emely Matongo Mweene K 314, 830 and other monies to friends and close relatives.

 

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