King’s private secretary charged

King’s private secretary charged

MASERU – A private secretary to King Letsie III, Daniel Ndumo, 43, appeared in court last Thursday to answer a charge of forgery.
Ndumo was charged after he allegedly defrauded the Royal Education Development Trust of M6 000.

According to the police, Ndumo had in the past unsuccessfully tried to defraud the bank after he presented cheques with forged signatures. Those attempts were however thwarted.
He tried to defraud the bank on a number of occasions by cashing cheques totaling M60 000. The bank did not however report the matter to the police.
It however had no option but to report the case to the police after he swindled the King’s trust of M6 000. The cheques belonged to the Royal Education Development Trust.
Ndumo was released from custody after he paid a bail of M500. He was ordered to attend remands.

He was also ordered not to interfere with police investigations and crown witnesses as part of his bail conditions.
The charge sheet shows that the accused made a false document purporting to have been signed by Kuena Phafane and Monehela Posholi, who are the Trust Fund’s trustees.
Ndumo, who lives in Moshoeshoe II, has been charged with the crime of forgery in that or about 26th day of November 2018 and or near the Royal Palace in the district of Maseru, the accused did unlawfully and with an intention of defrauding the Trust Fund made a false document.

The accused purported that the false document was signed jointly by Posholi and Phafane.
The accused was remanded to next Thursday.
Senior Resident Magistrate Phethise Motanyane was presiding over the case and the matter was prosecuted by Maseru District Public Prosecutor Gcinimusi Tshabalala.

Majara Molupe

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