By Confidente Reporter
A 48-year old Chinese tycoon based in Ondangwa was recently arrested for fraud, money laundering and contravening customs laws after he was caught with N$3, 5 million, Confidente has learnt.
Zhu Honggang who is said to have Namibian citizenship owns Glory Building Material stores, in Ondangwa, Oshakati and Oshikango and has been incarcerated at the Oshakati police holding cells since his arrest on December 19.
Officer commanding the Oshana region, Commissioner Rauha Amwele said that Honggang faces three counts of fraud, money laundering and contravening section 9 of the Customs Act. Other charges include possession or use of proceeds of unlawful activities, prevention of organised crime Act while other charges will be added at a later stage. He appeared in the Ondangwa Magistrates on Wednesday before Magistrate Ninja Hochbes.
According to police sources, Honggang was also allegedly found with electronic devices which falsify import and export documents to help him dodge paying taxes and custom duties.
“Some computers were found at his house with documents showing that his building Angola instead of coming into Namibia to avoid immaterials were bound for port duties,” said a police source.
Meanwhile, at least 32 Chinese businesspeople in Oshikango have allegedly been fleeced out of thousands of dollars by Ministry of Finance officials stationed in the Inland Revenue department, who demanded bribes ranging from N$30 000 to N$60 000 on each occasion from the Asians before they were finally nabbed last Sunday.
Three of the suspects were arrested on Sunday at Commercial Street shopping complex in Oshikango and have been identified as Likius Nakale (45), Shipungo Jeremia Nyelele (45) and Larius Namutewa (46).
The three have since appeared in court and were denied bail.
According to Namibian police Inspector General, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, the trio was nabbed following a trap set by the police after Chinese businesspeople reported the alleged frequent extortion by the Ministry of Finance officials.
“The scam is very wide … about 32 businessmen/ women were affected and defrauded by these officials. The trio were arrested after they went into a Chinese shop pretending to be on an operation doing inspection but their main purpose was to source money from the Chinese business community for their own benefit.”
Ndeitunga added that the customs officials allegedly were given N$15 000 by one Chinese businesswoman which they said was not enough as they wanted N$15 000 more before they allegedly demanded that the lady gives them the outstanding money.
While the three were waiting for the outstanding money that’s when the police pounced on the three and arrested them, Ndeitunga said.
“They were demanding N$30 000 but the Chinese (businesswoman) was only having N$15 000, they were then given the N$15 000, and continued demanding the remaining N$15 000. While they were waiting for the rest of the money to be brought, the police then arrived and ordered them to remain in the shop. Furthermore, they were asked to give the money that they were given by the Chinese lady, specifically Mr. Namutewa who was given money in his hands but he denied knowledge of any money, although he was taken to the CCTV camera which showed him demanding to be given money he kept insisting (that he didn’t receive any money).
“The three officers were arrested and taken to Oshikango police station, and a case was opened against them at Oshikango CR 41/12/2016 for Contravening section 43, Act number 08 of 2003 of Anti-Corruption Act,” Ndeitunga said.
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