Police have charged five suspected crooks who were waylaid at the Zambia Daily Mail head office in Lusaka last week with obtaining money by false pretences and false uttering (forging documents).
Lusaka Province commissioner of police Nelson Phiri said yesterday that the suspects were lying to unsuspecting members of the public that they owned huge pieces of land which they were selling.
“We have finally charged them with obtaining money by false pretences and false uttering where they forged documents and duped members of the public,” he said in an interview.
Last week, Mr Phiri said several other complainants had turned up to the police to complain about being swindled.
Mr Phiri said the suspects would appear in court now that they have been charged and warned members of the public to be careful when dealing in such matters.
The five suspects have been named as Mary Moyo, 40, of house number 2890 Chalala, Sydney Mambwe, 38, of house number 15D1 Kabwata Estates and Gladys Zaniwe Gumbo, 42, of house number 18384 Libala South.
Others are Selemani Mhone, 38, of house number 33 Salima Road, Matero and Jovinto Chinyanta, 32, of an unmarked house number in Lusaka.
On February 1 this year, armed plain-clothes officers from the elite police anti-crime crack squad commonly known as C5 stormed the Zambia Daily Mail head office on Longolongo Road in Lusaka and arrested the five suspected con men and women while they were advertising plots and farms.
The officers fired a warning shot as they apprehended the three men and two women whom they had ambushed in the company’s car park.
The five were in a posh white Mercedes Benz car registration number BCA 1754.