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12 nabbed for swindiling people on pretext of Covid support fund

By JOHN SAKALA
Police in Lusaka have arrested 12 suspects for impersonating a public officer while in some instances they were obtaining money by false pretences.

The suspects are alleged to have been representing themselves as officials from Community Development and Social services and in some instances found collecting money from members of the public purporting that they were registering people as beneficiaries of the COVID 19 emergency support.

Two suspects were arrested on August 28, 2020 from Katambalala Market area in Zingalume Compound where they were found taking down particulars of people indicating their NRC numbers and charging between K2 and K10 per person.

About 150 people had registered and K 185 was recovered from them. The suspects aged 25 and 23 are in Police custody.

In a similar incidence, Police in Lusaka today arrested 10 people for personating a public officer. This is alleged to have occurred today, August 39, 2020 in Matero Township.

After recieving a report from Community Development and Social Services officials, police officers followed up the report apprehended ten (10) suspects aged between 26 years and 30 years .

Investigations have continued.

This is according to a media statement made available to The Independent Observer by Zambia Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo.

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