Jamale boss fraud case set for November

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Jamale Holdings Director Letsatsi Mabona
Jamale Holdings Director Letsatsi Mabona

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A CRIMINAL case in which the Jamale Holdings Director Letsatsi Mabona is facing fraud and forgery charges will proceed before the High Court on 29 November this year.

The date of hearing – from 29 November to 2 December – was set on Tuesday.

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Mr Mabona is charged with producing fraudulent documents to the National Manpower Development Secretariat (NMDS) between 2011 and 2012 in order to win a tender for his company, Jamale Holdings {Proprietary} Limited to recover unpaid loans from National Manpower Development Secretariat (NMDS) recipients.

He is charged alongside his company as first and second accused respectively, and faces two counts of fraud and one count of forgery.

In the first count of fraud, Mr Mabona is accused of presenting to the NMDS false information that one Christopher Beans was part of the company so the NMDS could award a debt collection tender to his company.

Part of the charge sheet stipulates he is being charged with fraud “in that between 2011 and 2012, (the exact date unknown to the prosecutor), and at or near National Manpower Development Secretariat in the district of Maseru, the said accused did unlawfully and deliberately made, to the department of NMDS a false representation at the time of tendering for the collection of debts from NMDS sponsees tender, that Christopher Beans, a specialist in debt collection, was part of and/or an employee of Jamale Holdings…”

The prosecution alleges Mr Mabona gave the said false information so NMDS could “act upon the representation to its detriment, thereby causing the NMDS personnel to so act”.

In the second count of fraud, he is accused of submitting to NMDS a fraudulent tax clearance certificate after realising a tax clearance certificate from the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) was one of the requirements to qualify for the award of a tender for debt collection on behalf of NMDS.

“…the tax clearance certificate submitted as part of the tender documents on behalf of Jamale Holdings was genuine/authentic and properly issued by the Lesotho Revenue Authority, a fact which they, accused, knew fully that it was not true or had a duty to reveal, with the intention that the NMDS should act upon the representation to its (NMDS) detriment, thereby causing the NMDS person to so act on.”

The forgery charge relates to the forged signature of Christopher Beans affixed on the letter submitted to NMDS for acquisition of the tender.

The prosecution alleges Mr Mabona committed forgery “in that between 2011 and 2012, (the exact date unknown to the prosecutor) and at or near NMDS in the district of Maseru, the said accused did unlawfully and intentionally make a document purporting to be what it was not; to wit; a letter purporting to be signed by Christopher Beans for the tendering of the collection of debts for NMDS sponsees.”

He first appeared before the Magistrate’s Court on 11 November 2015 and Senior Resident Magistrate Peter Murenzi released him on bail after paying M10 000 as bail deposit as well as M750 000 as surety.

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