A PAYROLL officer at MTN Zambia has pleaded not guilty to stealing over K800,000 from the mobile service provider and using part of the money to buy seven Toyota Corollas.
Fernando Malambo, 30, an accountant, of house number 15 Massa Street Libala Stage 4B in Lusaka, appeared before principal resident magistrate Kenneth Mulife on Monday for stealing K893,709.75.
Malambo is charged with seven counts of money laundering, unauthorised interference with data, fraudulent false accounting and theft by servant contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
In the first count, it is alleged that Malambo intentionally and without authority to do so, interfered with the MTN payroll data for months of January 2013 and May last year.
In count two, Malambo with intent to defraud, made false entries in the MTN payroll system from January 2013 to May last year.
Particulars of the third count are that Malambo allegedly stole K893,709.75, the property of MTN Zambia which came into his possession by virtue of employment.
Particulars of counts four to 10 are that Malambo jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, engaged 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 motor vehicles namely, Toyota Corollas.
The offences were allegedly committed on dates unknown but between November 1, 2013 and June 30 last year in Lusaka.
Trial was scheduled to commence on Wednesday.