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MTN Zambia employee faces fraud charges

By , ITWeb’s Zambian correspondent.
Zambia , 24 Apr 2012

MTN Zambia employee faces fraud charges

Police in Zambia plan to monitor mobile phone companies’ promotions to avoid winners from being awarded fraudulently.

This move comes after MTN Zambia Information Technology (IT) specialist Jones Ilukena developed software capable of adjusting the mobile operator’s computer system to make his girlfriend the winner of the ‘Let’s Go Beeg’ promotion, which had a $25000 prize.

Police received a tip-off about the incident and, subsequently, both Ilukena and his girlfriend Namuchana Sinuma were arrested on charges of fraud.

As a result, the country’s Intellectual Property Unit (IPU) along with the police are planning to ensure that any system used for a competition draw is thoroughly checked and certified.

“Police will start monitoring promotions by mobile phone companies because they are prone to fraudulent activities,” said Inspector General of Police in Zambia, Stella Libongani.

Southern Province Police Commissioner Brenda Muntemba said two other men have also been arrested in connection with Sinuma regarding an alleged fraudulent winning of a promotion.

Police have also impounded Sinuma’s property which she allegedly acquired from the prize money. All the suspects are still in police custody pending further investigations and court appearance.

On Friday last week, MTN issued a statement in which it revealed having received information that winner of the company’s promotion might have been fraudulently selected.

The statement read, “MTN was further informed of allegations of one of its IT employees on Friday last week by law enforcement agents.”

The country’s three mobile phone operators MTN, Airtel and Zamtel are all involved in different forms of promotions aimed at keeping and attracting subscribers to their networks in the face of stiff competition in the provision of mobile services.

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