Court in Lilongwe has jailed contractor Godfrey Dzanjalimodzi to eight years for theft
and money laundering K338million in connection with the cashgate scandal.
He had deposited into WG Construction, a company he co-owned, a cheque worth K18,672,508.80 on 30th April, 2013, K24,236,430.80 on 29th June 2013, K91,568,744.10 on 21st August 2013, K54,777,862.80 on 08th August,2013,
K88,999,802.14 on 11th August 2013 and the last cheque he deposited was worth K78,654,259.65 on 23rd August 2013. He would then transfer the money into his personal account. During court proceedings of the case, the State proved that Dzanjalimodzi was the only one who had the password to the electronic banking facility of the company’s account and did not entertain questions from fellow directors when they queried the unusual movements in the account. Judge Ivy Kamanga, presiding over the case, had found Dzanjalimodzi guilty in January this year of both charges.” Read More ...
August 26 MD fends off N$2m forfeiture
Windhoek, Namibia. The PG's application to have more than N$2 million in an investment account
in the name of the managing director of the state-owned August 26 Industries,
Moses Kamunguma, and two cars bought by him declared forfeited to the state was
dismissed in the Windhoek High Court on Friday, with judge Shafimana Ueitele
finding it had not been proven that the money and two cars were derived from
unlawful activities. Prosecutor general Martha Imalwa's contention that the court should conclude
an amount of about N$2,7 million paid into a bank account of Kamunguma in June
2014 derived from unlawful activities was “founded on conjecture and
speculation”, judge Ueitele said in the judgement in which he dismissed the
PG's application for a forfeiture order in terms of the Prevention of Organised
Crime Act. Imalwa obtained a property preservation order over an investment account of
Kamunguma and two cars in February last year, and in June last year applied to
have the two vehicles and the money in the account forfeited to the state. Read More ...
attends The Regional Asset Recovery Networks Meeting at The Hague
On the 31st
August to the 1st September 2017 the ARINSA presidency attended the
Regional Asset Recovery Networks Meeting hosted by the CARIN Secretariat,
Europol Criminal Asset Bureau(ECAB) at the Hague, Europol HQ, Roberts,
Netherlands. Present at the meeting was representatives from the Regional Asset
Recovery Networks of ARIN-AP, ARIN-EA, ARIN-SA, ARIN-WA, ARIN-CARIB, CARIN,
RRAG, UNODC, EU Commission and UNICRI. The meeting started with an introduction
and welcome address by Ms. Marcella van Berkel, from the CARIN Secretariat and
a Specialist of the ECAB Financial Intelligence. This was followed by the
opening address by Mr Simon Riondet, the Business Manager, Europol Financial
Intelligence and a brief introduction of the participants. The keynote address
was delivered by Mr. Sebastaino Tine of the EU Commission where he gave a brief
overview on providing effective international law enforcement and judicial
cooperation in the field of asset recovery. Read More ...
Joining forces to tackle corruption: UNODC hosts inter-regional workshop on asset recovery
The process of tracing, freezing,
confiscating and returning the stolen assets to their country of origin
is usually a complex and lengthy one, involving multiple jurisdictions
and often complicated by technical, legal or political barriers.
Building on experience in this area, UNODC recently hosted an
inter-regional workshop on international cooperation in asset recovery
and confiscation. The two-day workshop in Islamabad, Pakistan focused on
cooperation in legal matters as well as criminal justice and legal
reform in the West and Central Asia region.
Currently, no such platform exists in the region, thus making asset
tracking and recovery even more challenging. In light of these factors,
UNODC - through its
Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries
and its Country Programme of Pakistan- is supporting the countries
concerned to lay the basis for the establishment of the Asset Recovery
Inter-agency Network (ARIN). Read More ...
Corrigendum 2016 ARINSA Annual Report - LE Trainet Meeting
The meeting was held in June 2016 (page 26 )
The UNODC “LE TrainNet”
initiative promotes a network of law enforcement training and educational
institutions. This network encourages and promotes a more systematised,
sustainable and inclusive regional and inter-regional cooperation between law enforcement
training institutions, creating an ideal platform in which to share best
practices, training curricula, training materials, training methodologies and
trainers, as well as, to work in cooperation with each other to develop new
training tools as might be needed. The UNODC “LE TrainNet” is part of the UNODC
Global Programme – “Building Effective Networks Against Organised Crime –
BENATOC” and is supported by UNODC partners, including INTERPOL, World Customs
Organisation, EUROPOL, OSCE, CEPOL and others.
INTERPOL hosted LE TrainNet
meeting in June 2016.
Two of Africa's most wanted poachers caught
Malawi – Two of East Africa's most wanted wildlife
criminals have been arrested in Malawi for their involvement in the illegal
trade of ivory.
Chancy and Patrick Kaunda of Malawi, who were the subjects of Interpol Red
Notices issued at the request of Tanzania, are suspected of trying to export
781 elephant tusks from Tanzania to Malawi without the proper permits in
illicit tusks are valued at $5.8m (R79.9m), and had been concealed in a
shipment of bags of cement.
to a statement by Interpol, the Malawi police, in cooperation with Tanzanian
authorities and supported by a team deployed by Interpol, apprehended one of
the fugitives in northern Malawi on Wednesday, October 4. Read More ...
Kaphamtengo implicates in-law in K201mil Cashgate
Cornelius Kaphamtengo who is accused with 13 others of
stealing and sharing among themselves K201 million ($358 929) in 2011 from the
then Ministry of Elderly and Disability Affairs through the Accountant
General’s Office testified in court that his brother-in-law duped him into
using his business documents and bank account for the ‘Cashgate’ affair.
“My brother-in-law could just
call me and dictate the list of people to be issued with cheques and the
amount of money to be given to each of the people on that list. I could write
cheques and send them to Lilongwe where Nambala was staying using courier,”
Kaphamtengo told the court
that he never benefited anything from the loot. Read More ...
Cape Town, South Africa. A former PetroSA manager has been arrested on fraud, theft and money
laundering charges, South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation
(the Hawks) said on Tuesday.
Matshidso Eunice Mogashoa, 61, is alleged to have defrauded
the state-owned petroleum firm of more than R60 million. The Hawks
said Mogashoa appeared in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on
Thursday last week on the same day that she was arrested by the Serious
Anti-Corruption Unit. She was released on R5 000 bail.
The former Corporate Social Investment manager
at the parastatal’s head office in Parow allegedly committed the fraud over a
four-year period between 2007 and 2011. Read More ...
national caught with 5 rhino horns at OR Tambo International Airport
- A Chinese national attempting to smuggle an illegal stash of five rhino horns
was nabbed at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Friday, just two
weeks after the world’s first online rhino horn auction was held in South
The passenger and the contraband,
said to be the most valuable commodity in the world, were bound for Hong Kong,
according to police.
bust comes just over two weeks after rhino farmer and horn trader John Hume
staged the world's first international rhino horn auction, an event which was
mired in controversy. Read More ...
UNODC UNRAVELS THE MYSTERY OF BENEFICIAL
As was recently demonstrated by the Panama Papers criminals and corrupt politicians are using increasingly complex corporate structures and legal arrangements to conceal their assets.
Ask yourself the following questions.
Who owns Company A? Is it the directors or shareholders?
If however, Company A is owned by Company B who owns Company A?
If Companies A and B are held by Trust C. Who now owns Company A?
Now imagine that Trust C is held by an Anstalt or Gesellschaft.
Can you answer the crucial question, who is the Beneficial Owner of Company A?
To paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.” Read More ...
UNODC EXPLORES THE DARK-WEB
It is estimated that the cost of cyber security will be over
2 trillion dollars by 2019. Criminals now regularly exploit the Internet to
commit a wide range of offences. The market provided by online services is
enormous. Facebook announced in April
2017 that they have more than 2 billion regular users.
It is therefore important that investigators are trained in
the techniques used by cyber criminals. It is also important that investigators
know how to obtain information from the vast resource that forms the Internet
and the World Wide Web.
UNODC through The Asset Recovery Inter-Agency
Network for Southern Africa (ARINSA
) recently held a workshop in Windhoek,
Namibia on Open-source investigations and cyber-crime. The workshop was
attended by FIU analysts. Read More ...
NBS BANK FINANCIAL CONTROLLER ARRESTED OVER MONEY LAUNDERING
Lilongwe, Malawi. The Fiscal Police in Blantyre have arrested NBS Bank’s Financial
Controller, identified as Matthias Sulumba, for money laundering and
theft by servant charges. Sulumbu, who hails from Magulugulu village in Karonga district and
stationed at the bank’s head office at Ginnery Corner in the commercial
city, was arrested on Tuesday. He spent a night in the cooler at Blantyre Police Station, according
to Isaac Norman, one of the senior officers at the Fiscal Police. Sulumbu is suspected to have stolen K55 million from the FDH Bank where he was working before he joined NBS bank. In an interview monitored on public broadcaster, MBC, Norman said it
is unfortunate that money laundering and related cases are being
perpetrated by educated people. Read More ...
TRUCK DRIVER NABBED WITH DAGGA WORTH E500 000 IN SA.
MBABANE – Dagga worth over E500 000 was found
hidden in sawdust in a Swazi-registered truck in South Africa. The truck driver has since been arrested by
the South African police following the incident that happened yesterday. It could not be ascertained where the truck was
destined to but it was nabbed at Jeppes Reef, South Africa, after crossing
through the Matsamo border gate. A routine check by the South African Police
Service (SAPS) led to the discovery of the bales of dagga hidden in the truck
load of sawdust. The incident was confirmed by Mpumalanga’s Head of Corporate
Communications Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, who also mentioned that the truck was
indeed Swazi-registered and its driver was Swazi. The suspect is yet to appear
before court on charges of being found in possession of the illegal herb. Read More ...
ISS Today: The fight against corruption in Africa is on
The African Union (AU) has marked 2018 as the year for 'Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation'. Anti-corruption activists and organisations across the continent will be happy to hear this. It comes at a time when efforts to ensure greater transparency in government are increasingly paying off, even if there has been so far little success in relation to ruling parties and sitting heads of state in Africa.
The arrest warrant for Malawi's former president Joyce Banda, has made waves inside and outside the Southern African country... Read More ...