A 55-YEAR-OLD woman of Chinese heritage was detained in Kitwe’s Parklands neighborhood after reportedly being discovered in possession of many currencies, including dollars worth more than $100,000 and Kwacha for K800,000.
The SOS Children’s Village Trust accountant has been detained by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) for allegedly stealing more than K24 million.
Huang Jianlan was also discovered to be in possession of two firearms, according to a statement from DEC public relations officer Hussein Khan.
He said that Jianlan has subsequently been charged with fraud and found in possession of property thought to be the proceeds of crime by the DEC Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit.
Jianlan has been charged and arrested for operating a Casino Without a License contrary to section 79 of the Tourism and Hospitality Act Numbe13 of 2015 of the Laws of Zambia, Forgery and Uttering of False Documents contrary to section 342 and 352 respectively of the Penal Code CAP 87 of the Laws of Zambia and Possession of Property Suspected of Being Proceeds of Crime contrary to section 71 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia,” he said.
Jianlan, of House Number 34 Kuomboka Drive Parklands, Kitwe, and Director for Lisboa Casino Limited of Kitwe, jointly and while acting with other individuals on dates unknown, but between 1st January, 2020 and 2nd December, 2022, operated Lisboa Casino without a license, and further forged a casino license that was uttered to the general public by way of display in the casino purporting that the said license was genuine, according to Mr. Khan.
Jianlan was also found in possession of cash in various currencies most notably US $ 126, 100 and K809, 135 which have since been seized together with two firearms,” he said.
According to Mr. Khan, the DEC’s Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit also detained Brian Mtonga’s accountant at the SOS Children’s Village Trust for Theft by Servant and Money Laundering involving more than K24 million.
The Commission has charged and arrested Mtonga for Theft by Servant contrary to section 278 of the Penal Code CAP 87 of the Laws of Zambia and Money Laundering contrary to section 7 of the Prohibition and Prevention of Money Laundering Act Number 14 of 2001 as amended by Act Number 44 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia,” he said.
He claimed the specifics of the case were that Mtonga, 40, of House Number 207/2/B Garden House, Lusaka, in his capacity as the SOS Children’s Village Trust’s accountant, jointly and while acting with other unidentified persons on unspecified dates, did steal K24, 228,318.30 by fraudulently transferring the said funds into his personal accounts. He later bought a number of motor vehicles.
The two, according to Mr. Khan, are under bond and will show up in court soon.