Zambian woman jailed in Australia for fraud


👉🏾 Sandra Mumba, 27, stole $150,000 from where she worked as an aged carer

A pregnant care worker involved in a “sophisticated and disguised” scheme with her cousin to steal more than $150,000 from her boss has been sentenced to 10 months in a Western Australian prison.

Sandra Mumba, 27, was a carer and occupational therapist at Fresh Fields Aged Care when she conspired with payroll clerk James Whiteman to steal money between February 2015 and March 2018.

Whiteman adjusted Mumba’s overtime hours and the number of employees, with Mumba pocketing about $34,000 and transferring almost $55,000 to her cousin, the WA District Court heard on Tuesday.

Judge Michael Gething said there was a clear element of persistence in Mumba’s offending, which could have gone unnoticed had it not been for another employee.

“Frauds like the one you carried out are very difficult to detect and that reinforces the need for the court to impose sentences in these types of cases, which are of a sufficient level to deter people who might be tempted to offend,” he said.

But Judge Gething accepted Mumba had been influenced by Whiteman, was remorseful and at low risk of re-offending.

Whiteman was previously sentenced to three years in jail for stealing $326,000.

Bridget Chandra, who also stole almost $150,000, was previously sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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    Roy Mudenda 2 weeks ago

    Anybody who has even just a basic understanding of economics will find what the Governor is saying in contrast to what the Treasury Minister Ng’andu said last week very contradictory & confusing. One of them must be peddling in lies. My point is if there is a projected govt financing gap of at least 20 billion Kwacha ($1.09 billion) to 29 billion Kwacha projected for 2020, accounting for a whopping 40% of planned revenue, It’s impossible for this economy to contract by a mere projected 2.6 percent during the same period. Just a basic appreciation of the correlation between GDP growth & its four components of personal consumption, business investment, govt spending, & net exports will tell you either Denny or Bwalya is fuc.king lying.

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    Roy Mudenda 2 weeks ago

    Ubomba mwibala alya mwibala – keep this stinking kaca of yours in Luapula, Northern and Muchinga. In Australia you steal kunya mayo you will save time in jail!

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    Muntu Bulyo 2 weeks ago

    Very soon a word will circulate that Zambians are thieves. This may be partly true and international organizations will think twice before employing a Zambian. I am ashamed to be part of such a country. How I wish we could go back to the boundaries of 1911. There is nothing to write home about this country called Zambia. Now it is bringing shame on some innocent citizens.

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    Don’t attach tribe to crime, please. Zambia police has a presence in every district precisely because crime occurs everywhere. There are times whn I wish I was a teacher so that I would be teaching people to think properly.

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    Kapwambya Mutale Ngosa 2 weeks ago

    Bembas are naturally thieves. even those who are not stealing today were stealing yesterday

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    Kasonde waka 2 weeks ago


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    Steve 3 weeks ago

    Why do  we have this propensity to steal from where we work? This is a scourge among most of us Zambians. Indian businesses and others use this pilferage as a reason to bringing in cashiers and other staff to monitor stock, sales, warehouses, just about every movable thing. We steal, get fired and cry about the lack of jobs. Unfortunately the chief thief himself the president won’t initiate any policies to fight this or corruption. We need to address this problem as a society.

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    It’s not strange as ECL told all of us to eat where we work 3 weeks ago

    This is not news for Zambians as our President urged us to “steal in the fields where we work”. It is shocking that back in Zambia, farmers are up for a rude shock as all their fields hv been invaded by thieves all over the country!! Uubomba mwi bala Alya mwibala