NOEL IYOMBWA writes
A FORMER Zanaco female employee of Lundazi has been arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) through its Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit in Eastern Province for money laundering activities involving over K500,000.
DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo said Phanny Chaponda, 34, of House No. RR 15, Kanjala Compound in Lundazi has been arrested for theft by public servant and money laundering, contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Ms Katongo said that particulars of the offence are that Chaponda on dates unknown but between May 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018 in her capacity as an Assistant Preferred Banker at Zanaco Lundazi Branch stole K573, 910.50 which she is alleged to have fraudulently transferred from various dormant accounts into two accounts she had access to and later withdrew the funds via Automated Teller Machines (ATM) and Point of Sale Machines.
In a statement, Ms Katongo said Chaponda bought two plots in Lundazi and built two houses on one of them.
She also bought a motor vehicle, a Toyota Allion ARB 3604 ZM and a 49-inch LG LED TV.
Also seized items by DEC during investigations are several accounts with about K170, 000.00 linked to this fraud.
Chaponda has since been released on Police bond and will appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, the Commission in Southern Province has arrested a 28 year old female Malawian national, Shakira Kasusu, for trafficking in 17.85 kg of ephedrine concealed in 36 handbags.
Kasusu was arrested at the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone on arrival from India.
The suspect is in police custody and will appear in court soon.