MASERU — Democratic Congress (DC) youth league member for Koro-koro constituency Refiloe Litjobo lost M60 000 to con artists last week.
Litjobo, 34, was duped to buy “a chemical” that could turn some papers into money.
Litjobo told the police that he bought the “chemical” from two Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambian nationals living in Lesotho.
The Congolese is said to be a refugee staying at a government house in Maseru while the Zambian is an illegal immigrant.
Police spokesperson Masupha Masupha confirmed the incident.
The two men allegedly told Litjobo that he would be rich overnight if he bought the “chemical” because he would easily produce money for himself without having to work.
They also gave him a box containing papers which they said would turn into M3.5 million, making him multimillionaire instantly, the police said.
The men also allegedly claimed that their fathers were former finance ministers in their respective countries.
The two men asked Litjobo to give them M40 000 to buy the “chemical” for him.
The “chemical” failed to do the trick and when he complained the two asked him to pay an additional M20 000 telling him they were going to get a stronger “chemical”.
Litjobo had been left with a metal box containing black papers that were said to be money in the making.
The black papers were said to be worth M3.5 million.
To convince Litjobo that the “miracle chemical” was working the duo allegedly “washed” M200 which was proven genuine at the Central Bank of Lesotho.
“The two suspects aged 47 and 36 were arrested for staying in Lesotho without proper documents,” Masupha said.
The suspects confessed to police that the substance they claimed was a chemical was just pure water.
Masupha said Litjobo told the police that he was introduced to the men by a woman who is a DC member.
But in a strange twist to the matter, a police officer then received a tip-off that Litjobo had a “chemical” that turns papers into real money and went to investigate.
Upon arrival the officer found the “chemical” but instead of arresting Litjobo he wanted a share of the fortune.
The police officer then demanded M20 000 from Litjobo promising not to arrest him.
Masupha said Litjobo did not have the amount and the policeman threatened to lock him up.
Not wanting to go down alone, Litjobo reported the officer to the police last Friday.
Police set a trap for the officer on Saturday and the corrupt officer was caught red-handed receiving bribe.