Nakonde Clearing Agent jailed six months for fraud

A Nakonde -based Clearing Agent, Mary Nakamba has been handed a six- months simple imprisonment, by the Nakonde Magistrate Court for smuggling and forgery.Nakamba, 37, of Nakonde’s Tazara Compound has been found guilty on one count of false  declaration contrary to sections 141(1)(d) and 183(1) and (2) as read together with 155(1) and (2) of the Customs and Excise Act, Cap. 322 of the Laws of Zambia and also of uttering forgery contrary to sections 347 and 352 of the Penal Code Act, Cap. 87 of the laws of Zambia.ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda has disclosed this in a statement to Mwebantu today.It is reported that Nakamba falsely declared to the Customs Officers at Nakonde that a Toyota RAV 4, imported by a Mr. Royd Mundongo of Lusaka was in transit to Zimbabwe when in fact not thereby, defrauding government in the sum of K37,232.60.Sikalinda revealed that in count two, Nakamba knowingly altered to a Mr. Royd Mundongo a forged a payment receipt purporting that the same was issued by the Zambia Revenue Authority when in fact not.In the third count, Nakamba further altered a forged invoice to a Mr. Stephen Sikaonga  of Nakonde purporting that the same was issued by Be Forward Limited of Japan in respect of the Toyota RAV 4 imported by Royd Mundongo when in fact not.The convict in the first count has been fined to pay a fine amount of K5,000 and was ordered to refund Mr. Royd Mundongo a total sum of K30,100, an amount she received to pay taxes.In the second and third counts, Nakamba has been sentenced to six (6) months simple imprisonment but that the sentences will run concurrently.The motor vehicle has also been seized and forfeited to the State. Post Views: 33

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