British couple arrested for money laundering

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A BRITISH couple has been arrested in Lusaka for alleged money laundering involving over K930,000, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) public relations officer Theresa Katongo has said.
In a statement released yesterday, Ms Katongo said DEC, through its Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit (AMLIU), arrested Glenn Wright, 47, and his wife Dheirdre Wright, 45, of Flat 1 Sunwood Court Rhodespark, for unlawful access to data, theft and money laundering contrary to the laws of Zambia.

 

It is alleged that on dates unknown but between March1, 2015 and June 1, 2015, Glenn Wright, the managing director of Wright Trading Company, and Dheirdre Wright, director of the same company, together with other unknown persons, accessed data for various account holders and stole over K930,000 by swiping cloned cards of their customers on a Point of Sale machine.

 

“The two suspects further engaged themselves directly or indirectly into money laundering by acquiring various properties deemed to be proceeds of crime. The suspects will appear in court soon,” Ms Katongo said.

 

And the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested two Chinese nationals and a Zambian for alleged corruption involving K180,000.
Hebai Li, 25, and Mai Jiang, 40, are businessmen and residents of Makeni in Lusaka while Kelvin Siame, their driver, aged 43, is a Zambian of John Laing township in Lusaka.

 

ACC acting public relations manager Dorothy Mwanza said the three suspects were arrested and charged with corruption.
Ms Mwanza said details are that the Task Force on Illegal Trade in Biological Resources impounded four trucks belonging to the Chinese nationals loaded with mukula logs at Chanida Border Post in Eastern Province.

 

“The Chinese businessmen then offered K180,000 to the officers on Task Force as inducement and actually gave K90,000.00 as down payment to have the four trucks released. The trucks were en route to Mozambique through Malawi.
The three will appear in court soon,” she said.

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