DEC arrests 48 year old man for allegedly stealing a blank Finance Bank cheque

A 48 year old man of Lusaka has been arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) for allegedly stealing a blank Finance Bank cheque belonging to Pegasus Energy and attempting to steal  over K35 million.

Christopher Sekelu Sampa of plot number 12/09 Chunga Township was also arrested for theft, attempted theft, forgery and uttering of false documents.

DEC Public Relations Officer Samuel Silomba confirmed this in a press statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today.

Mr. Silomba said the suspect is believed to have on dates unknown but between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 stolen a blank Finance Bank cheque and attempted to steal K35, 700, 000 when he deposited the same cheque into his account at Finance Bank Industrial Branch by forging the signature of the Managing Director of Pegasus Energy.

The Suspect was early last month arrested by the Commission for a similar offence where he stole a cheque and Local Purchase Order belonging to World Vision Zambia which he forged for the purchase of tyres worth KR48,503 by purporting to be a World Vision Zambia Stores Officer when in fact not.

The suspect is in police custody and will appear in court soon.

Meanwhile, the Commission has also arrested a 26 year old woman of Chakwama Village in Samfya district for unlawful cultivation of cannabis weighing 1.4 tonnes.

Carol Chambula a peasant farmer was arrested for cultivating fresh cannabis plants intercropped with maize.

And more than 60 people have been arrested by the Commission in the last six days countrywide for cultivating and trafficking in various quantities of illicit drugs.

All the suspects will appear in court soon

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