A Malaysian woman living in Botswana is still waiting anxiously to see if the police will be able to recover over P3 million of her funds, which she was allegedly defrauded of by a Namibian national, starting as far back as September 2007.
Information reaching The Sunday Standard indicates that Lim Liew Cheng Lesolle was lured into a partnership by one Ikela Nikodemus Sackey in September 2007.
Sackey allegedly conned her into investing in a chemical business. Between September 2007 and August 2009, Lesolle would give Sackey funds that eventually accumulated into over P3 million.
Detective Superintendent Peloentle Morong of Criminal Investigation Department said on Friday that, to date, they had not recovered any money from Sackey, who is now before the courts of law.
He, however, remains hopeful that they will be able to recover some of the funds.
“I would not want to be dragged in to the matter because it is already before the courts of law,” he said.
Morong also revealed that this is the first incident in which a person was allegedly defrauded of such a huge amount of money.
He advised the public to consult Interpol before they venture into business with non-citizens so that they can get an idea of the character of their business partner.
According to the charge sheet, Sackey, 39, a director of MHJ Chemicals, falsely obtained over P3 million in cash from one Mrs Lim Liwe Cheng Lesolle by falsely pretending that the said money would be used to buy cleaning chemicals from Namibia when, in fact, he knew such representation to be false.
The accused, who has been granted a P500 000 bail, is expected to appear before the Extension 2 Magistrate Court next week. He was also asked to provide two sureties who paid P10 000 each.