Mr Jian Liu the founder of Sunshine Construction is counting heavy losses after the now fired General Manager, Accountant, Cashier and Site Foreman who are also related to the business owner (Liu) ran intricate networks of fraud that range from registering more than half a dozen companies masquerading as suppliers / subcontractors during their employ at the company, creating false invoices and forging delivery for projects that drained millions of pula from the business for money laundering and tax evasion purposes records show.
Former GM named Li Yong (39) is the husband of Liu’s niece named Liu Linlin (38) who was the accountant, former cashier Zhu Peng (32) is his nephew, and Li Pizeng (50) is uncle to Li Yong.
“Niece and her husband came to join the company in 2007. She was the closest thing to family to me. Having worked with her and her husband for three years I trusted them and left the operations of the business under their care from 2010 when I relocated to Canada. I left signed cheque book leaves, letterheads with my signature in pursuit of ease of operations of the business in my absence. I provided them my house, cars for them to use, food for free and all of their expenses at my cost because they are family. Little did I know that I was opening myself to a brood of vipers,” says Mr Liu.
The free fall in operations saw an increase in companies registered under Mr Liu’s niece and husband Liu Lin Lin and Li Yong (respectively), his nephew Zhu Peng and Li Pizeng uncle to Li Yong who were in charge of the business. Records indicate that Goldfield Investments Pty LTD owned by Li Yong and Liu Lin made 17 fraudulent claims, whilst Material Masters owned by Zhu Peng made 14 running a tab of millions of pula for projects they never delivered on. In some instances, their friends were used as suppliers for projects at exorbitant costs. These companies are registered under the said former employees. The Serious Crime Squad division through correspondence with the company has confirmed the investigation of the said crimes in a letter dated 12th November 2019.
Registered names for these companies are Goldfield Investments Pty LTD owned by Li Yong and Liu Linlin, registered on the 4th of May 2012, City and
“They forged invoices, forged signatures, forged delivery of projects, used friends’ companies as suppliers to drain the business. They even created a fake VAT Number for one of the companies. They opened many accounts under their companies and personal names for money laundering and tax evasion purposes.
When they realised that their actions will have consequences, they reported the business to BURS and made false media claims about our business and processes from the mess they created. We are pleased that all evidence is available to prove and demonstrate the truth., We have submitted all the forged documents, fake projects, fraud that almost crippled our business and all the criminal activities that took place under their watch. The CID is investigating them for all this and BURS is aware and so is Immigration,” notes Liu.
Sunshine Construction applied to cancel the work and residents permits under Sunshine of the said employees as advised by their lawyer and required by law for residents. A major scam of applying for permanent residence using the company’s credentials was foiled before it began.
“We await the outcome. We are pleased for the support we got from our business constituents and authorities. We are glad with the progress made. In no time we will know the truth and the sun will shine again,” concluded the MD.