A father and his son have been arrested in Ntcheu district for being found in possession of fake US dollars amounting to 40,000.
Police arrested John Mtupila aged 70 and his 38-year-old son Aubrey on Tuesday 17th, 2017.
“On January 17th, 2017 the suspects went to Ntcheu NBS Bank where they wanted to exchange the fake dollars with Malawian Kwacha. The bank manager became suspicious after noticing that some banknotes were bearing same serial numbers and some security features were also missing,” explained Ntcheu police Public Relations Officer, Hastings Chigalu.
Police were alerted who rushed to the scene and managed to arrest the suspects.
During interrogation Mtupila claimed that the money was sent to him from South Africa by his daughter four years ago through a friend.
“They further said that upon sending the fake dollars, she advised her father not to exchange them immediately but rather wait for her instructions to do so, a thing which she did on this date after such a long time,” added Chigalu.
The suspects are now on remand at Ntcheu Prison as the law-enforcers are waiting for the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) officials to verify if the authenticity of the currency.
The two will arraign soon on charges of being ‘Found in Possession of Fake Foreign Currency’ contrary to Section 366 of the Penal Code.
John and Aubrey hail from Hoda village, T/A Mpando in the district.