Eleven nabbed for fraud, forgery at Okakarara

19 Jan 2016 16:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 19 JAN (NAMPA) – Eleven people were arrested over the weekend at Okakarara after they were found operating vehicles with false driving licences and fake vehicle licence discs.
The accused persons appeared in the Okakarara Magistrate’s Court Monday morning on charges of fraud, forgery and altering authentic documents.
“They were all remanded in custody pending police investigations,” the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Detective, Chief Inspector Naukalemo Andreas said in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday morning.
She said the police had set up mobile roadblocks in and around Okakarara on Saturday and Sunday, leading to the arrest of the accused.
Andreas said the accused persons were apprehended after police officers at the roadblocks found that provisional driving licences carried by different drivers had the same serial number on them.
The police also found the vehicle licence discs on the cars to be fake.
The police also arrested a businessman who owns a printing and copy shop in Okakarara. This business owner is accused of having manipulated authentic driving documents with a computer to produce fake documents.
The accused allegedly sold these fake documents to many vehicle operators.
Andreas said the scam has allegedly been going on for the past two years in Okakarara.
She urged Namibians who might have acquired such documents to surrender them to the nearest police station.
Andreas also urged community members to report any person to the police who is suspected of operating a vehicle with a forged driving licence or vehicle licence disc.
Police investigations in the matter continue.