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A Clerk at Zanaco Limited in Ndola has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for stealing K3 million from her employers.

Ndola Principle Resident Magistrate Obbister Musukwa slapped the jail sentence on Chile Mapande, female employee aged 33 years, who stole the money on different dates while she was employed at Zanaco industrial branch.

She was charged with two counts of theft by public servant and another charge of false accounting.

Mapande had earlier denied all the charges but while trial was underway she admitted the theft with six witnesses already having testified.

Details of the case are that between January 1, 2015 and November 2016, Mapande engaged in false accounting while in second count she stole K77,652 from an account belonging to Wabungu Ngoni between July 4,2015 and October 8, 2016.

Additionally, she siphoned K99,587.93 from Michael Chileshe`s account while from Simukwangu`s account she got K117,003.25.

She also stole money belonging to Sharon Sitambu amounting to K1,369,780.000 while from Kilwe Transport`s account she got K75,417.35 and she also made off with K184,300 from another account.

The court heard that Drug Enforcement Commission discovered that Mapande stole the money in question using her mobile phone to make transfers to her account.

She initiated Xapit transfers and withdrew the money using ATM cards for different customers.

She transferred a total amount of K3 million into her account and after she was arrested part of the money was retrieved, but K436,063.53 was never recovered.

Delivering judgement, the magistrate sentenced Mapande to five years on two counts but the terms will run concurrently with effect from 3rd March this year.


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