THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) officers have allegedly been paid huge amounts of money by Chinese cybercrime suspects to turn against their own Zambian whistleblowers. The Chinese were caught trying to sweep huge sums of money from banks.
The named PF senior officials are now facilitating the closure of such a case after receiving money from the Chinese criminals and forwarding it to DEC officers working with known cops at Kabwata police station
Three weeks ago, after whistleblowers tipped the DEC about three Chinese crooks going round manufacturing counterfeit ATM cards and stealing huge amounts of money from unsuspecting Zambians the law enforcement officers successfully moved in and arrested suspects.
The informer provided a detailed lead to the arrest of the suspects as he had been approached by them to facilitate in the provision of a Point of Sale (POS) machine so that they could swipe using fake ATM cards and in return give him a commission.
“Following a tipoff, an operation was conducted by the DEC leading to the arrest of the three Chinese criminals. The suspects were found with several information technology gadgets that included laptops, card readers, blanks ATM card and ATM cards for different people,” the source said.
It is now two weeks after successfully raiding the Chinese conmen by the DEC officers but sadly they have however not taken the matter to court. They now want the informer (whistleblower) to be arrested. Yesterday they summoned the informer who expressed shock at the turn of events.
“I have never seen a situation like this. These people are turning against me so that I can be intimidated and forget about the case. I am wondering why they haven’t taken the matter to court and I could have gone there to give my evidence as a witness,” the informer complained.
And sources have revealed that the tipoff by the informer was useful and accurate and the investigations didn’t take long before the Chinese were surely arrested and found in possession of sophisticated gadgets used to conduct cybercrimes.
The Chinese were actually pleading for pardon and were willing to give away huge amounts of money to secure their freedom.
The informer has cautioned that it would be difficulty for the DEC to access and information in future if they develop a tendency of arresting whistleblowers.
Sources have appealed to higher authorities at the DEC to focus more interest on cybercrimes in the country involving Chinese because most of them were being freed by law enforcement officers after paying bribes.
Early this year another group of eight Chinese national were arrested in Zambian for defrauding banks of millions of money through fake ATM cards. However the suspects escaped from the Zambian soil after being granted bail by the courts of law. The eight fugitives have not even been placed on INTERPOL wanted list like what has happened with Pamela Gondwe who only stole $400,000. The eight fugitives bribed the DEC and court official K200, 000 each and that matter is history
Cybercrime is on the rise in Zambia and the Zambia Information Technology Authority (ZICTA) seem to be doing nothing much to curb the vice resulting in DEC officers now dining with criminals.