FRANCISTOWN: A syndicate of conmen is going around masquerading as government officials to swindle unsuspecting people of their hard earned money, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) has warned.
The fraudsters sometimes impersonate immigration officers and say they can issue residence and work permits.In other instances, they have purported to be able to influence government tender awards.The public is warned to be on the lookout for such confidence artists. "Moreover, we wish to remind the public to always request for proof of identity of any person they deal with," the anti-graft outfit says.
DCEC notes that government business is conducted in authentic premises such as offices, not under trees or as backstreet operations. It says it is working hard with relevant stakeholders to catch and bring the fraudsters to book because impersonation is a punishable offence.
Meanwhile, a 37-year old woman of Maun was this week sentenced to 12 months in jail for giving false information to a person employed in the public service. Six months of the sentence was suspended on condition that the woman, Bokani Lenyatso, does not commit a similar offence.
Details of the offence were that she went to a police station and claimed that she had lost her land board certificate for a plot in Maun and made an affidavit to that effect under oath. However, the court found that Lenyatso had never been allocated such a plot.