Tha­bane fraud sus­pect es­capes from cus­tody

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - Nthatuoa Koeshe

THE po­lice are look­ing for Makarabo Mo­jakhomo who fled from po­lice cus­tody on Thurs­day where she had been de­tained in con­nec­tion with the fraud and theft of at least M200 000 from the First Lady, Mae­sa­iah Tha­bane’s Trust Fund.

In a state­ment on Fri­day, Po­lice Spokesper­son, Su­per­in­ten­dent Mpiti Mopeli, said Ms Mo­jakhomo fled from po­lice cus­tody while the po­lice were mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to have her ap­pear in court for fraud and theft by false pre­tences.

“Po­lice are look­ing for Makarabo Mo­jakhomo from Le­coop, Khu­bet­soana in Maseru who es­caped from po­lice cus­tody on 31 May 2018 be­tween the hours of 9am and 10am at a time when we were pre­par­ing to take her to court for her hear­ing,” Supt Mopeli said.

Ms Mo­jakhomo is al­leged to have de­frauded the First Lady and some busi­nesses of hun­dreds of thou­sands of mal­oti un­der false pre­tences.

“Mo­jakhomo is al­leged to have stolen money amount­ing to M125 000 which was meant to pay for a build­ing rented by the First Lady ‘Mae­sa­iah Tha­bane’s Trust Fund.

“She also took prop­erty worth M17 000 from the of­fice of the trust fund. Mo­jakhomo took M65 000 from Dec­o­rat Art Fur­ni­ture Man­u­fac­tur­ers after mis­rep­re­sent­ing to them that the money would be used to pre­pare for a birth­day party for Ms Tha­bane at Avani Le­sotho,” Supt Mopeli said.

“The po­lice are re­quest­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion about Mo­jakhomo’s where­abouts to call the Po­lice Head­quar­ters on the fol­low­ing num­bers, +266 2231 7262 or +266 2232 2099,” Supt Mopeli said.

The Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary, Ad­vo­cate Makhetha Mot­soari, who is also a trustee of the trust fund, re­cently told the me­dia that they sus­pected that the fraud and theft had been hap­pen­ing since Au­gust last year when the trust fund started.

“It is only now that some peo­ple and in­sti­tu­tions are be­gin­ning to come out to com­plain about her,” Adv Mot­soari said, adding they had re­ceived re­ports from some com­pa­nies who claim that Ms Mo­jakhomo had ap­proached them to do­nate to­wards Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane’s birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

FIRST Lady Mae­sa­iah Tha­bane

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