Thursday, October 22, 2020

Intelligence agent in P4 million fraud case

A female crime intelligence officer is at the centre of investigations after one of the cellular phone service providers was defrauded of about P4 million.

Speaking to Sunday Standard, Detective Assistant Superintendent Maikaelelo Chepete said, “The Serious Crime Squad is investigating a case in which Mascom was defrauded of millions.”

The prime suspects include a female crime intelligence officer, based at the Botswana Police Service headquarters in Gaborone.

It is reported that the suspects allegedly forged a tender document from Tati Nickel Mine that they used to defraud Mascom.

It is further alleged that the suspects went to Mascom and presented a forged tender document to the Mascom officials, claiming that they won a tender from Tati Mine to install tracking devices.

After Mascom officials validated the tender document, they awarded them tender to supply Tati Mine with the gadgets.

After a few weeks, the suspects failed to fulfill their promise with Mascom and they disappeared.
The suspects are expected to appear before the magistrate court sometime this week.

The intelligence officer is also expected to be interdicted from her work sometime this week.
“Already, we have identified about three possible suspects that include a police officer but as investigations intensify, the number of culprits may increase,” Chepete said, stressing that although he was not yet ready to divulge the circumstances surrounding the case, investigations are on course.

A few years ago, a police officer also defrauded the Botswana Police Services of millions of pula. The Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime investigated the case, which is still pending before the magistrate’s court.

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