Police Malawi’s eastern district of Balaka are keeping in custody a 29-year-old man for allegedly stealing money by false pretence.
The district’s police publicists sub-inspector Joseph Sauka says the suspect suspect Charles Banda had been pretending that he owns an estate agency known as NAQ Investments and collected money from Levie Mgala who works for Balaka District Hospital and Robert Saiti on pretence that he would find them houses.
“He later demanded commission from the clients before advising the clients to deposit K55, 000.00 and K44, 000.00 respectively as rental fee into an account which he alleged was for the land lord,” says Sauka.
According to Sauka, the Banda showed ‘his clients’ houses which he claimed they would occupy but told them that they should wait for the current tenants to vacate but were amazed to see that the suspect was nowhere to be seen and the matter was reported to Police who arrested the suspect.
“Upon investigations, Police discovered that the suspect had no estate agency and the owners of the houses which were shown to the clients were not aware of the developments and the account number which the victims deposited the money belonged to the suspect, “says Sauka.
Sauka says the suspect is also answering other charges of theft by trick where he obtained K18, 000.00 from Mr Mlenga and a lot of allegations are coming after his arrest.
Charles Banda comes from Goma village, Traditional Authority Msakambewa in Dowa district but resides at Chilobwe location in Balaka Town.
Expected to appear before court soon where he will answer a case of obtaining money by false pretence which is contrary to section 319 of the Penal code.