27 June 2014

Malawi: Airtel Sales Agent Steals K12 Million in Mzimba

Mzimba — Police in Mzimba are keeping in custody a 40 year old man for allegedly siphoning a whopping MK12 million from the company.

The accused, identified by Police as Phillip Makamo of Mngoni Wamavi Village in the area of Traditional Authority M'mbelwa in the district, was until his arrest, Airtel Money Sales agent with the company at Mzimba Boma.

"Between the months of February and March this year [2014], the suspect had been transacting money from Airtel Account into his account using his mobile phone and swindled the company's money amounting to over K12 million.

"The Airtel Company could not notice that their agent conducted those transactions through NBS Bank. It was recently when the company discovered the syndicate and made some inquiries which enabled them to trace the suspect," said Mzimba Police spokesperson, Gift Nyirongo, in a Press statement.

He said the company then reported the matter to Mzimba Police Station which led to Makamo's arrest. He has since been charged with the offence of theft by agent, contrary to section 288 of the Penal Code.

If proven, the offence attracts a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment with hard labour.

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