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DEC arrests Dancer defrauding Government of over K120, 000

• Tembo forged an ECZ Grade 12 Certificate which he uttered at the Ministry of Tourism and Arts to gain employment.
• He obtained financial advantage by deception in the form of salaries and allowances amounting to K121, 024.75.
• He also possessed a Toyota Mark X reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested a former Dancer in the Ministry of Tourism and Arts for defrauding Government of over K120, 000.
In a statement, Commission Public Relations Officer Hussein Khan revealed that particulars of the matter are that between 23rd December 2019 and 31st August 2022, Rasford Tembo, 36, jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown people forged an Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) Grade 12 Certificate which he uttered at the Ministry of Tourism and Arts to gain employment and obtained financial advantage by deception in the form of salaries and allowances amounting to K121, 024.75.
He said Tembo further obtained a recommendation letter from Ministry of Tourism and Arts which he later submitted to Ministry of Information and Media seeking employment on the pretext that he had a full Grade 12 Certificate and other certificates in Journalism when in fact not.
“The Commission has formally arrested and charged Rasford Tembo, a male aged 36 years of house number 51 in PHI Lusaka for Forgery and Uttering False Documents contrary to sections 342 and 352 respectively of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia, Obtaining Pecuniary Advantage by False Pretences contrary to section 309 (A) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia, Attempting to Obtain Employment by False Pretences contrary to section 389 as read with 309 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia and Possession of Property Suspected of being Proceeds of Crime contrary to section 71(1) of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No.19 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.”
“Tembo also possessed a Toyota Mark X bearing registration number AGB 8736ZM reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime,” Mr. Khan said.
Mr. Khan stated that the suspect is currently on bond and will appear in court soon.

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