Meanwhile, the court has acquitted the two Indian investors who were jointly charged with the convict.
This is in the matter in which Roy Kunda, 41, an Immigration Consultant, Agarwal Kumar, 41, and Chawla Vineet, 41, both directors, were facing five counts of forgery and giving false information to a public officer.
It is alleged that on March 28 this year, Kunda made a false written statement to the Immigration Department that Kumar and Vineet had in their accounts held at Finance Bank Zambia and Barclays Bank Zambia US$250,000 financial capital to invest in Zambia, when in fact not.
In the second count, it is alleged that on March 26 this year, Kumar made a false written statement to the Immigration Department purporting that he had US$250,000 capital in his account held at Barclays Bank which he wanted to invest in Zambia.
In the third count, it is alleged that on March 26 this year, Vineet Kumar made a false written statement to the Immigration Department purporting that he had US$250,000 capital in his account held at Barclays Bank which he wanted to invest in Zambia.
In the fourth count, it is alleged that between March 1 and 28 this year, Kunda and Kumar also forged a bank statement number from Barclays Bank Zambia.
It is alleged in the fifth count that between March 1 and 28 this year, Vineet also forged a bank statement number from Finance Bank.
When the matter came up on Monday, Magistrate Nsunge Chanda said the State had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and found Kunda guilty.
Evidence in this matter was that; Kunda was an immigration consultant while the Indians were directors at Prestine Mining Company incorporated by PACRA.
It is also a fact that the trio had a meeting on how to process an investors’ permit.
Kunda, who was engaged to offer immigration consultancy services, advised the Indians that they needed an investors’ permit for them to start processing manganese in Zambia.
He told the duo that they needed to pay $250,000 each for them to acquire an investors’ permit.
But the investors told him that they needed three months to raise the $500,000, which they were going to pay in instalments.
Kunda however, told them that he would borrow the money from his other investors to help acquire a permit for the Indians who wold later have to pay him back the money.
Magistrate Chanda said she had no doubt the State had proved the case against Kunda but she however, acquitted the Indians because the State exonerated them of the offence.
In count one, magistrate Chanda fined Kunda K1,000, in default three months simple imprisonment.
In count four and five, she sentenced Kunda to two years imprisonment with hard labour each, but to run concurrently.