6 December 2012

Zambia: MTN Beeg Promo Suspects Appear for Mention

THREE suspects in the MTN K1 billion 'Let's Go BEEG' promotion fraud case yesterday appeared for mention in the Livingstone magistrate's court.

MTN call centre support engineer, Jones Ilukena, 43, with co-accused and alleged winner of the K1 billion MTN Win BEEG Namuchana Sinuma, 31, and Richard Kawana, 35, a teacher at Mulwani Basic School yesterday appeared for mention before Livingstone Magistrate Edsen Shandula.

Trial in the case would commence on January 16, next year as the trial magistrate was not around to proceed with the case yesterday.

The trio has pleaded not guilty to the charge of cheating and money laundering related offences under the Prohibition and Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Ilukena between September 1 2011 and March 1 2012 is alleged to have intentionally and without authority interfered with the MTN Summer Campaign WIN BEEG Promotion data.

It is also believed that Ilukena did cheat by purporting that Sinuma was a genuine winner of the promotion when in fact the outcome had been predetermined in her favour by manipulating the MTN IT system.

The three accused persons are alleged to have engaged in money laundering activities by purchasing a house, plot number 2644/410 at K320 million which they registered under Kawana's name.

Sinuma had allegedly acquired three houses in Dambwa North and Central at a cost of K330 million and a motor vehicle from the money that she fraudulently acquired from the MTN competition.

All the properties have since been seized including Kawana's Zanaco bank account with a balance of more than K40 million.

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