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By Nganati

The Principal Resident Magistrate’s (PRM) Court in Lilongwe has sentenced conman Precious Kasakatiza,22, to three years of Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL).

Deputy National Police publicist Alfred Chimthere confirmed the sentencing of Kasakatiza.

According to Chimthere, the Court heard through State Prosecutor Fortune Kananji that Kasakatiza was operating various Facebook accounts and in the process duping innocent people of their hard-earned money.

In passing the sentence, PRM Rhodrick Michongwe slapped him with 18 months IHL for personation contrary to section 34 of the Penal Code, and another 18 months for the prohibition of offensive communication, contrary to section 87 of the Electronic Transactions and Cyber Security Act.

Kasakatiza, who lives in Area 36 Lilongwe, has for the past months been running numerous fake Facebook accounts namely:

1-Queen Sagrada
2-Anzeru Akummawa
3-Princess Regina
4-Affordable steel roofing
5-Mr Praizs Muzik
6-Ndine Promoter
7-Chacha
8-Avon with Christabel
9-Infinity Modelling Agency
10-VJ Prestar
11-Bartell joy Mataya

“Using those fake Facebook accounts he had swindled money from several people including men, who thought was dealing with a lady. He used, for example, pictures of innocent women without their consent, to entice his male victims.

“However, through the Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime officers, the Police instituted an investigation and cornered him,” said Chimthere.

The convict Kasakatiza hails from Mackenzie village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Nsamala in Balaka district.

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