Five arrested for withdrawing cash using fake ATM cards

The police anti-robbery squad in Kitwe has arrested five businessmen of Mufulira for allegedly withdrawing KR30,231 using fake Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards.
Copperbelt commissioner of police Mary Tembo said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that the arrests were made on Wednesday around 20:00 hours.
Ms Tembo named the suspects as Gregory Chokwe, 28, of 14 Orient Flat in Mufulira, Kelvin Chilufya, 30, of 44 Sikalangwe Police Camp in Mufulira and Larford Chileya, 27, of 185 D Butondo in Mufulira.
Others are Godfrey Mwansa, 33, of 9 Chitimukulu Musungu Road in Mufulira and Sebastian Chitundu, 30, of RC 849 Chibolya in Mufulira.
“The anti-robbery team officers received information whilst on patrol that unknown people suspected to be cyber criminals were in possession of several ATM cards which they were using to withdraw money from the accounts of unsuspecting clients.  They were at the time using the Zanaco ATM at Parklands shopping centre,” Ms Tembo said.
She said the police officers rushed to the scene and apprehended the five suspects.
“The officers searched the suspects and found 26 ATM cards belonging to individuals from different banks and they were also found with KR30,231 cash which we believe was withdrawn from different accounts,” Ms Tembo said.
She said the suspects told police during interrogations that they are money lenders from Mufulira and they keep the ATM cards as collateral.
“They told police that they get the ATM cards and pin numbers from their clients to enable them to withdraw money at an agreed time of repayment and they come to Kitwe, specifically to Parklands, because of congestion in Mufulira,” Ms Tembo said.
She said all the suspects gave their occupations as businessmen.
Police have detained them to help with further investigations.
Ms Tembo said police have also impounded two motor vehicles – a Toyota Spacio and an unregistered Mazda – which the suspects were using.

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