POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a couple of Chilanga for swindling a Chinese national out of K1,250,000.00.
It is alleged that the couple identified as Janet Chansa aged 39 and Meckie Shisholeka aged 42 years, of Chilanga whilst working with other unknown persons swindled Zhang Rongliua.
Police Public Relations Officer Esther Mwaata Katongo has told Mwebantu that the couple approached Mr Rongliua in August, 2016 that they had a property on sale in Roma Township.
Katongo says police investigations revealed that the property which the accused persons were purporting to have been selling was a Lodge and that the accused persons instead showed the complainant, an unoccupied house opposite the same Lodge as being the property on sell which they pegged at K2,500,000.00.
“The accused later received a down payment of K1,250,000,” she says.
“The accused persons produced forged documents to support their claim which they did not hand over to the complainant on pretext that they would only do so upon receiving a final payment.”
Katongo says investigations further revealed that the property which the accused persons alleged to have been selling was not theirs but belonged to another person.
The Police Spokesperson has further revealed that the duo has been charged and formally arrested for Obtaining Money by False Pretences and that they will appear in Court today, 29th December, 2016.
“We have received information that many other criminals have taken advantage of the fact that the property is not occupied to swindle people out of their huge sums of money,” adds Katongo.
“We therefore call upon members of the public to be on the lookout for such fraudsters and avoid falling prey.”