Brian Makote, who allegedly swindled Blantyre Water Board (BWB) of K128 million, and had forged cheques belonging to State House, Nationa Police Headquarters , will appear before Blantyre Magistrate Court on Monday.
Makote fled the country with his accomplice Obina Liwonde but was arrested in Botswana by Interpol and was surrendered to Malawi.
Assistant Commissioner of Police in the Fiscal and Fraud Section, Isaac Norman.said Makote faces four charges of conspiracy ti defraud, theft by servant, forgery and money laundering.
“Makote will appear before the Chief Resident Magistrate’s Court in Blantyre on Monday to be formally charged,” said Norman.,
Makote, who was working as a debt collector at BWB, and Liwonde a plumber, allegedly opened a parallel bank account in the name of the water board at the Nedbank Malawi Limited, Blantyre Branch.
After a suspicious K150 million was deposited and K128 cashed from the account, opened as a ‘Welfare Fund’, Fiscal police launched investigations on the matter, according to Blantyre Police Station spokeswoman Elizabeth Divala.
The account has deposits of cheques from State Residences and Malawi Police Services amounting to K150 million. They were written ‘Pay Blantyre Water Board’ and the suspected would add Social Welfare at the end to read ‘ Blantyre Water Board Social Welfare’.
But about K25 million was moved into FDH bank account of Multi Electricals which Police said it belongs to Liwonde.
Liwonde is still at large