Accountant at PACO’s office in Chipata arrested for money laundering

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—-A 37-year-old Assistant Accountant at the Ministry of Agriculture in Chipata district of Eastern Province has been arrested for money laundering involving over a K100,000.

Prince Daka has been arrested for forgery, uttering of false documents, theft by Public Servant and money laundering contrary to
the laws of Zambia.

Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) Public Relations Officer, Theresa Katongo, told ZANIS in a statement issued in Lusaka today.

Ms Katongo said Daka was arrested through the DEC’s Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit.

She explained that Daka, on dates unknown but between 1st March, 2013 and 24th March, 2014, in his capacity as Assistant Accountant under the
Provincial Agricultural Coordinating Office (PACO) in Chipata, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, did steal K110,325 by forging 26 cheques which he altered to various suppliers of goods and services by pretending that the said goods and services were for PACO when in fact not.

Ms Katongo said the suspect is currently in custody and will appear in court soon.

Meanwhile, Ms Katongo said the Commission has in the last four days arrested over 40 people countrywide for trafficking in various
quantities of cannabis.

Ms Katongo disclosed that the suspects, who were arrested in Kalabo, Limulunga, Samfya, Mansa and Choma districts are all expected to
appear in court soon.