Police in Limbe have recovered four plasma television sets bought using a suspected bogus cheque at Globe Televisions Shop owned by Chinese national Huang Dee, 52.
Police have since arrested 22-year-old Reuben Malikebu from Siliya Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kwataine in Ntcheu in connection with the fraud.
Limbe Police Station deputy spokesperson Pedzisai Zembeneko said Malikebu on November 17 allegedly sent an elderly woman to Globe Televisions Shop at Maselema in Blantyre to get a quotation for seven 42 inches and one 32 inches plasma TV sets.
He said: “The woman was given the quotation which amounted to K1 718 000. A few minutes later, Malikebu came to the shop with the same quotation and asked the owner if it was possible to pay for the television sets using a cheque, a request the owner consented to.”
Zembeneko said Malikebu then told the shop owner that he was going to look for transport to carry the TV sets and returned after a few minutes.
He said when Huang took the cheque to the bank, she was told that there was no money in that account and she immediately reported to police who launched investigations that led to Malikebu’s arrest.
Malikebu will appear before court soon, according to police. n