The Livingstone Magistrate Court has convicted and sentenced a Kazungula Customs Clearing Agent to 2 years imprisonment with hard labour.
MORTEN MOONO aged 33, was convicted today 12th day of December, 2022 for the offence of forgery contrary to section 347 of the penal code chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia and Altering a false document namely a Bridge Toll Fee Receipt contrary to section 352 of the penal code chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Facts of the case are that on 3rd December 2022 in Kazungula, Morten Moono forged a Zambia Revenue Authority Kazungula Bridge Toll Fee Receipt, date 3rd December,2022 by purporting to show that it was genuinely issued by Zambia Revenue Authority when in fact not.
The forged document was presented to Zambia Revenue Authority Customs officers to show that a truck had paid Bridge Toll fee amounting to US$ 85 to enable it cross into Zambia when in fact not. Upon scrutinizing the Bridge Toll Receipt, Customs officers noticed that it was not genuine and reported the convict to Zambia Revenue Authority Security.
Members of the public are warned that the Zambia Revenue Authority will not hesitate to prosecute anyone found forging Bridge Toll Receipts and other documents. Through such criminal activities the Government is losing revenue which is supposed to be used in the provision of various socio-economic services and other developmental projects to the public.
The sentence takes effect from 6th December 2022.
ZRA Acting Corporate Communications Manager