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Officials arrested for identity theft

Officials arrested for identity theft

Niël Terblanché


TWO officials of the home affairs ministry have been arrested on charges pertaining to identity theft after falsified identity document were used to steal a large amount of money.


In a statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security said that the falsified national identity document that was issued by the officials was used to commit fraud.


“The wrongful conduct of the two officials pertains to the issuance of a duplicate Namibian Identity Document (ID) which was eventually used in the commission of a criminal offence. The duplicate ID was used to withdraw a sum of N$300 000 from a bank account without the knowledge of the correct holder of the ID card,” the statement reads.


The home affairs ministry did not identify the suspects, but stated that the one is a 50-year-old man employed at ID Production while the second suspect is a 34-year-old man employed by the Maintenance Section of the ministry.


“The arrest was affected by the Namibian Police on 4 February 2021 and follows the Ministry’s intensified efforts to root out improper conduct amongst its staff.”


According to the statement, investigations are continuing to determine whether there are more people involved in the case.


“The ministry does not condone any unlawful conduct. Identity theft is a serious offence and its effects are devastating on the victims.”


The ministry further cautioned the public to refrain from participating in such conduct as all persons involved in similar matters will be dealt without fear or favour.


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