Monday, October 26, 2020

Chinese quartet fleeces P17 million from taxman

At least four Chinese nationals are at the centre of police investigations following the mysterious disappearance of millions of Pula from Botswana. It is understood that the substantial amount of money amounting to P17 million might have been illegally channeled out of the country through fraudulent means.

Information gathered by the publication suggests that a Chinese businessman is being investigated by both the police and the Botswana Revenue Services (BURS).The investigations were triggered by reports suggesting that millions of Pula have been laundered out of the country through improper channels. It is understood that four Chinese nationals have been identified and are linked to the transaction. They are currently under the radar of law enforcement agencies and are assisting the detectives with crucial information.Serious Crime Squad boss, detective senior superintendent Phenyoetsile Nnanaakoko confirmed to this publication that his office is investigating a case in which about P17 million might have being stollen under dubious circumstances.

“It is true that my office investigating a case in which P17m might have been stollen under dubious circumstances,” he said. Nnanaakoko said though the investigations at still at infant stage, already four suspects of who are Chinese nationals are in the centre of their investigations.“We are questioning about four middle aged suspects three men and a woman and they are (not) in our custody pending investigations,” said Nnanakoko.

The four suspects are legally in Botswana and they happen to work for a certain local businessman in Gaborone where the alleged money was stolen, he said.He explained that recently a Chinese businessman who is involved in construction came and lodged a complain that his employees have allegedly stolen about P17 million from his company.He said the said amount of money has allegedly been transferred to China.The Police boss said as the police they have requested mutual assistance from their counter-part in China through the diplomatic channels and they are hoping for a positive response.“Due to COVID 19 outbreak globally it is highly likely that the investigations may take a little longer to be completed because of the pandemic,” said Nnanakoko.

He stated the investigations are aimed at establishing whether the alleged money was transferred legally to China or not.“Anyone who has information surrounding the matter should come forth and assist the police,” said Nnanakoko.

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