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Three Directors Of Zambia’s Heritage Coin Resources Limited Accused Of Laundering $2.4 Million Arrested

Zambia’s Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has apprehended three directors of the Heritage Coin Resources Limited in an alleged offence of laundering more than k28,000,000, which is approximately $2.4 million.

In a statement by the DEC, the commission stated that:

“The Drug Enforcement Commission through its Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit in Lusaka has arrested and jointly charged three (03) Directors of Heritage Coin Resources Limited for money laundering offences involving over K28,000,000.00 contrary to the laws of Zambia.”

Obtaining Money By False Pretenses

According to DEC’s relations officer Chibu Mwansa Tembo, the trio – Tapiwa Chirwa, Orient Rio Zekko, and Hilda Agnes, are also accused of obtained money from investors by false pretenses, among other offences. Tembo stated that:

“Hilda Agnes Raubenheimer, 35, a Business woman of Salama Park, Orient Rio Zekko, 29, a Secretary of Plot No. 1468/20/01 Ibex Hill and Tapiwa Chirwa, 40, a Managing Director of House No. 1245 Avondale has been arrested and jointly charged for providing banking business, financial business or financial services without a license, conducting or participating in a money circulation scheme, obtaining money by false pretenses and money laundering contrary to the laws of Zambia.”

What Transpired

The Lusaka-based Anti-Money Laundering Unit established that between June 1 and October 15, 2018, the trio provided financial and banking services together with other unknown persons, operating without a valid license. They collected funds from the public disguised as partnership fees, purporting that they would invest it in cryptocurrency trading on behalf of them. The three alleged crooks further engaged in money laundering activities, which is a crime in Zambia.

Although investigations are still ongoing, the trio have appeared in court and released on bond. They will, however be expected to appear in court soon for further hearing of the case.

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