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Lusaka couple swindles man out of K1.2m

POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a couple of Chilanga for allegedly swindling a man out of K1.2 million on the pretext that they had a property to sell when in fact not.
The couple identified as Janet Chansa, 39, and Meckie Shisholeka, 42, approached Zhang Rongliua in August, and told him that they had property for sale in Roma township at K2.5 million of which he made a part payment of K1.2 million.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said the couple produced forged documents which they refused to give Mr Zhang on the pretext that they would only do so upon receiving the full payment.
“When police conducted investigations, it was discovered that the property which the accused persons were selling was a lodge but they showed Mr Zhang an unoccupied house opposite the same lodge as being the property on sale,” she said.
Ms Katongo said investigations further revealed that the property which the couple was selling belonged to another person.
“The duo has been charged with obtaining money by false pretences and will appear in court tomorrow (today),” she said.
She said police have been receiving information of criminals taking advantage of unoccupied property to swindle people out of huge sums of money.
Ms Katongo called on the public to be on the lookout for such fraudsters and avoid falling prey.

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