MASERU — A 33 year old man is in police custody for stealing M162 000 from the coffers of the post bank in Pitseng Leribe.
Reports indicate that the man was fooled into believing that the money would multiply into M11 million by a Kenyan witch doctor.
According to Police spokesperson Senior Inspector Thato Ramarikhoane the suspect who is the branch manager at Pitseng Post Bank, took the money with the hope that it would multiply a few days later.
Ramarikhoane said a man hunt for the manager had been launched after an employee had reported the money missing after the suspect disappeared on 12 October and could not be found on his mobile phone.
The man was arrested ten days later at the Pitseng Police Station.
During questioning he agreed to taking the money from the bank hoping to return it after its multiplication.
Ramarikhoane said the suspect told pitseng police officers that he learned from an advert on a paper that among the African healer’s services the other one was to multiply money.
The Kenyan healer who is believed to work in Maseru was then handed the money by the suspect but he has also since disappeared with the M162 000 none of which has been recovered.
Ramarikhoane said that the suspect is still in police custody while investigations are continuing.
Reports of money scams have been on the rise in recent times.
Last year politician and businessman Refiloe Litjobo was robbed of about M60 000 in a scam where he was fooled into believing that he was being sold a chemical that washes money, and in the process he was promised M3.5 million.
However the M3.5 million had never come instead the two men from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia had left him with a box containing black papers under false pretext that they were money.
The two men asked Litjobo to give them M40 000 first to buy the chemical for him but it did not work then they asked for M20 000 more to get a stronger chemical as the first one did not work.