- The crave for fraudulent activities knowns no bound
- The health minister of Zimbabwe, Obadiah Moyo, has been arrested
- Moyo was nabbed by the nation's anti-corruption agency over alleged $60 million coronavirus fraud
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Obadiah Moyo, Zimbabwe's health minister, has been arrested by the nation's anti-corruption commission over alleged fraudulent medical supplies for coronavirus worth $60 million.
According to the anti-graft agency in the African nation, Moyo was nabbed in the night of Friday, June 19, PM News reports.
Confirming the development, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC)'s spokesman, John Makamure, said: “I can confirm that Minister Moyo is currently detained at Rhodesville Police Station and will likely appear in court today.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that INTERPOL had claimed that a sophisticated fraud scheme involving sales of face masks had been traced to an account in Nigeria.
According to the international police organisation, the fraud cuts across Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. It said the suspects used a compromised email address linked to a legitimate company in Spain selling face masks and a fake website.
"The company initially claimed to have 10 million masks, only for the delivery to fall through. As consolation, they then referred the buyers to a ‘trusted’ dealer in Ireland. The Irish middleman promised to put them in touch with a different supplier, this time in the Netherlands.
INTERPOL reported that the buyers initiated a bank transfer to Ireland and prepared for delivery, which involved 52 lorries and a police escort to transport the masks from a warehouse in the Netherlands to the final destination in Germany.
Going further, it reported that just before the delivery date, the buyers were informed that the funds had not been received and that an emergency transfer of EUR 880,000 straight to the Dutch supplier was required to secure the merchandise.
Also, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, had enjoined members of the public to remain vigilant and take precautionary actions against new criminal trends.
The police boss said criminal elements might explore the emergency situation created by the coronavirus pandemic to increase and diversify their criminal activities.
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