Thursday, May 23, 2024

Maleka, Daka case handed to DPP

The Officer Commanding of Serious Crime Squad, Detective Senior Superintendent Phenyoetsile Nnanaakoko says investigations into allegations of fraud leveled against two members of staff at the Botswana Football Association (BFA) have been completed and the case has been forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Says Nnanaakoko, following a lengthy investigation which has been conducted by his department, they now have a solid case against the two suspects, namely BFA accounts officer, Odirile Daka and BFA competitions officer, Stephen Maleka. The duo was suspended and later fired in February for fraud and abuse of office.

“We have forwarded the case to DPP for possible prosecutions against the two. We believe we have a strong case and the evidence we have collected is overwhelming,” Nnanaakoko revealed.

He added that investigations into the matter were smooth as the BFA was cooperative, unlike in the other previous case reported to them. He said it is up to organisations and people to cooperate so that cases reported to them can be closed within a short period of time and handed to relevant authorities.

Maleka and Daka found themselves on the wrong side of the law after it was discovered that they had channeled close to P1 million into their pockets ÔÇô money which was supposed to have been paid to suppliers. The discrepancies were only detected when suppliers approached BFA demanding payment for the services they rendered.

Daka and Maleka, who are suspected to have been working together with the intention to defraud the BFA, are said to have diverted the alleged funds over a period of eleven months, starting in March last year. It is suspected that when processing payments for the BFA suppliers, the perpetrators did all the paperwork right but would in the final steps, put their own accounts under the names of the companies they were supposed to pay.

Despite BFA’s recent attempts to strengthen their financial checks and policies, the employees are said to have found loopholes within the system, which they then used to channel out monies out of the BFA.

“This was someone intelligently using technology to siphon monies out of the BFA. All the paperwork is done with proper details, payees’ names and accounts all correct. The problem only starts when money is paid through the bank. That is when they change only the account numbers but not the names of the payees. This made it difficult for the crime to be picked as all the details on paperwork are correct,” a source said at the time.

“The association then showed the payee paperwork that money has been paid. However, when the payee revealed no monies had been paid, the association went to the bank only to realise that the names of the payee were there but the final destination account of the payee had been switched and was not the same as the one on all the paperwork signed for,” the source revealed.

The BFA fired the two employees since it was not the first time they committed the act.


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