DEC arrest Chinese woman found with various currencies

 DEC arrest Chinese woman found with various currencies

By Staff writer

A woman of Chinese descent aged 55 in Kitwe’s Parklands area has been arrested after she was allegedly found in possession of various currencies amongst them dollars worth more than USD$ 100,000 and Kwacha’s K800,000.

And Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has also arrested SOS Children’s Village Trust accountant for allegedly stealing more than K24 million.

In a statement, DEC public relations officer Hussein Khan said Huang Jianlan was also found in possession of two fire arms

He said DEC Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit has since charged and arrested Jianlan for fraud and possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime.

“Jianlan has been charged and arrested for operating a Casino Without a License contrary to section 79 of the Tourism and Hospitality Act Numbe13 of 2015 of the Laws of Zambia, Forgery and Uttering of False Documents contrary to section 342 and 352 respectively of the Penal Code CAP 87 of the Laws of Zambia and Possession of Property Suspected of Being Proceeds of Crime contrary to section 71 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia,” he said.

Mr Khan said particulars of the matter are that Jianlan of House Number 34 Kuomboka Drive Parklands, Kitwe and Director for Lisboa Casino Limited of Kitwe jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown on dates unknown ,but between 1st January, 2020 and 2nd December, 2022, operated Lisboa Casino without a license, and further forged a casino license which was uttered to the general public by way of display in the casino purporting that the said license was duly issued by the Ministry of Tourism and Arts when in fact not.

“Jianlan was also found in possession of cash in various currencies most notably US $ 126, 100 and K809, 135 which have since been seized together with two firearms,” he said.

Mr Khan said DEC through its Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit has also arrested an Accountant at SOS Children’s Village Trust for Brian Mtonga for Theft by Servant and Money Laundering involving more than K24 million.

“The Commission has charged and arrested Mtonga for Theft by Servant contrary to section 278 of the Penal Code CAP 87 of the Laws of Zambia and Money Laundering contrary to section 7 of the Prohibition and Prevention of Money Laundering Act Number 14 of 2001 as amended by Act Number 44 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia,” he said.

He said particulars of the matter are that Mtonga aged 40 of House Number 207/2/B Garden House, Lusaka in his capacity as Accountant at SOS Children’s Village Trust jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown on dates unknown ,but between January,1st 2017 and December, 31st 2021 did steal K24, 228,318.30 the property of SOS Children’s Village Trust by fraudulently transferring the said funds into his personal accounts and later purchased several motor vehicles and two plots.

Mr Khan said the two are on bond and will appear in court soon.