TWO men, Johannes Simeon Iyambo and Paulus Alwendo Itemba, who were arrested over the weekend when they were caught with counterfeit N$200 notes in their possession, were remanded in custody while members of the newly established Commercial Crimes Division in Keetmanshoop investigate the matter further.
According to the acting Karas Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Chief Inspector Douglas Hanze, the suspects were found in possession of three counterfeit N$200 notes totalling N$600.
“They were arrested on charges of being in possession of counterfeit, banknotes, uttering because they presented the notes as legal tender and a charge under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.”
Iyambo and Itembu made their first appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday where they were informed about the seriousness of the charges they face.
Before remanding the accused persons in custody, the presiding magistrate postponed the matter until 13 November to afford detectives time to investigate the matter further. The investigating officer still has to determine the permanent residential addresses of the accused persons because they don’t normally reside in Keetmanshoop.
Iyambo and Itembu informed investigators that they normally reside in the North of Namibia but did not provide the police with permanent addresses.
The arrest of Iyambo and Itembu follows the arrest of a resident of the Omehenene Village in the Onesi constituency of the Omusati Region was arrested when he was found with N$400 in counterfeit bank notes in his possession at the end of August.
Chief Inspector Hanze said the arrest of the two men in the south on Sunday follows the recent establishment of a Commercial Crimes Division at Keetmanshoop.
He said since the arrest investigators found a colour printer and other equipment used to make counterfeit notes hidden near the house where the suspects slept in Keetmanshoop.