MASERU — Police have arrested two men in Upper Thamae after they were found in possession of a computer and printer which were used to produce fake official documents which include school certificates.
Police spokesperson Masupha Masupha told a press conference on Monday that the police acted after a tip off that some counterfeit school certificates were being produced in Upper Thamae.
Masupha said the police discovered that some school certificates which dated as far back as 2005 were produced in that secret workshop.
The police found primary leaving, junior and Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) certificates and many others.
The men also allegedly produced other valuable official documents such as the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) tax clearance certificates and vehicle ownership documents.
They also had stamps from various government offices including the police.
“They are able to certify the documents because they have official stamps,” Masupha said.
“Their school certificates are accompanied by transcripts that appear genuine.
“All documents produced in Upper Thamae appear genuine.”
Masupha said the men are suspected to have helped many people get employment in government and private sector using fake certificates.
“Some of their clients are working with me here in the police service,” he said.
The men’s arrest comes after the police launched a crack down following the discovery that at least 43 students had gained entry at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology after they produced fake certificates.
Two officials from the university and the Examination Council of Lesotho (Ecol) were arrested in connection with the scandal last week.
The police, acting on a tip-off, launched investigations against the two officials and discovered that they had worked in cahoots to issue certificates to students who were later admitted at Limkokwing University.
The Limkokwing University has since called on all students who graduated in 2010 and 2011 to send their transcripts back to the Examinations Council for closer inspection.
It is suspected that the students under investigation did not have the COSC, the Ordinary Level qualification allowing admission to a tertiary institution in Lesotho.
Form D and E, the last two years of high school, prepare students for the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate Examinations at the Ordinary Level.
This is the second arrest of this nature in two years.
In 2010 a Sekamaneng man was arrested after he was caught producing government documents.
The man produced fake vehicle ownership documents, tax clearance certificates, court orders and other certificates that allowed his clients to defraud the government and other people in the private sector.