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Immigration Consultant Jailed for 2 Years for Forging Bank Statements

The Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has sentenced an Immigration Consultant to two years imprisonment with hard labour for forging a bank statement he wanted to use to acquire an investors’ permit.

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.

5 Comments

  1. Kwaku

    It had to be a Kunda, the other day, ot was some chisanga running away from the FBI….whats wrong with these people and being crooks.

  2. Gangsta grabs

    Oh happy day,nyini ya madam wake ya nyiniksa,tiza mutombesa na mboloksa

  3. Mk

    Is this story true? I was looking at dates of March it’s not even February. Secondly, why were the Indians acquitted? You see this is where the problem is with our courts. How many Zambians can be acquitted in India with such cases? Let justice be done all of them committed the same crime. Indians are accomplice because without them a crime was not going to be committed .

    • Amano

      I agree. Why acquit the Indians when they most likely initiated the deal? Most so-called immigration consultants are crooks working with civil servants to deprive the government of revenue. More intelligence is needed around this business to fish out corrupt elements.

  4. Laughing Indian man

    Corruption is a two way thing it’s surprisingly the Indian walked out free… Is the court sure these Indians were not aware of what was going on… They were part of the plan…. Poor justice oh Zambia chineke oh

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