EIGHT (08) people among them four foreign nationals have been arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) for unlawful possession of devices meant to overcome security measures for protection, unauthorised access to data.
The suspects have also been arrested for being in possession of implements for forgery and four counts of theft involving over K181, 000.
DEC Deputy Spokesperson Kamufisa Manchishi said the suspects are identified as Lili Yaxang, 27, a Chinese businessman of Shizexlan Province, Xu Kai Song, 28, a chef of Herbei Province in China and Yang Fang Deng, 27, a baby seater of Red Lantern Hotel in Lusaka.
Katongo said others include a Ugandan computer engineer and mandarin translator identified as Cliff Bagonza, 32, Allan Mwenya Kabwe, 39, Ben Mwita, 43, and Teddy Moonga Zulu, 39 all Zambian businessmen and Noabazake Banda, 44, proprietor of Cool Breeze Lodge in Lusaka.
Manchishi said the suspects were nabbed as they conducted various transactions involving Point of Sale (POS) machines to dubiously access funds using fake debit cards.
He said the Commission has since seized implements used by the gang including debit cards, card writers and readers, laptops as well as a Point of Sale (POS) machine.
Manchishi said four foreign suspects are currently in Police custody while the four local suspects have been released on Police bond awaiting appearance in court.
News Source: Mwebantu