03 Oct 2013 11:50
WALVIS BAY, 03 OCT (NAMPA) - The three suspects accused of registering imported vehicles illegally at the Namibia Traffic Information System (NaTIS) offices here, have each been granted bail of N.dollars 10 000.
The suspects - David Kosenge, 30; Jekonia Indongo, 25; and Theofilus Nakanwe, 33 - who were arrested last Wednesday, made their second appearance on charges of fraud in the Walvis Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday.
They appeared before Magistrate Vicky Nicoladis, who postponed the matter until 07 November this year to allow for further police investigations.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) uncovered the alleged syndicate involving the illegal registering of imported vehicles at Walvis Bay after an undercover police operation was conducted.
NamPols acting Crime Investigations Coordinator for the Erongo Region, Detective Inspector Erastus Iikuyu told Nampa on Sunday the suspects unlawfully forged the application process of registering vehicles at the NaTIS offices.
He explained that the imported cars which were registered were only in transit and were not supposed to be given clearance to be registered in Namibia.
Based on a suspicion regarding the alleged fraudulent activities, NamPol initiated an undercover operation which was successful, Iikuyu said.
The police arrested Indongo, who is a taxi driver, after a registration document was found in his possession.
After his arrest, more than 10 similar documents were found at the houses of all three suspects.
Found along with the documents was a certificate from a book which was stolen at the Ministry of Finance office in Windhoek, as well as a date stamp belonging to the Roads Authority (RA).