Barclays employee nabbed for stealing K700M

Barclays employee nabbed for stealing K700M

The Drug Enforcement Commission has arrested an employee of Barclays Bank for theft and money laundering involving US$147,000 an equivalent of K700 million.

DEC spokesperson person John Nyawali declined to name the bank but Watchdog sources at Barclays Bank disclosed that the suspect Zawinja Stephenson Gondwe was working at Mutaba House Branch in Lusaka.

Gondwe a retail support officer in the bank’s Foreign Desk on dates between 1st May 2011 and 22nd July 2011 forged telegraphic money transfers for some bank’s clients and signatures of some senior bank staff to wire the transaction.

Gondwe, 31, is alleged to have wired the money to two of his offshore personal accounts purporting that the transfer of funds was authorized by the bank’s clients when in fact not.

According to Nyawali, Gondwe has been detained in Police custody after failing to meet bond conditions but will appear in court soon.

Meanwhile, the Lusaka Magistrate court has convicted a Mazabuka businessman for planting drugs against his business partner.

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