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BREAKING: Africa’s health Minister in police net for $60 million COVID-19 fraud

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Zimbabwe’s health Minister Obadiah Moyo has been arrested by the national anti-corruption Commission on suspicion of fraud in the supply of $60 million worth of medical supplies for the treatment of coronavirus.

According to the Anti-bribery Agency in the African country, Moyo was captured on the night of Friday, June 19, according to PM News.

Confirming this development, a spokesman for the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), John Makamure, said: “I can confirm that Minister Moyo is currently in custody at the Rodsville police station and is likely to appear in court today.”

Meanwhile, It is reported that INTERPOL claimed that a complex fraudulent scheme involving the sale of face masks was traced to an account in Nigeria.

According to the International police organization, the fraud extends to Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands.

It said the suspects used a compromised email address linked to a legitimate company in Spain selling face masks and a fake website.

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“The company initially claimed that it had 10 million masks, only for the delivery to fail. As a consolation, they referred customers to a “reliable” dealer in Ireland.

The Irish intermediary promised to contact another supplier, this time in the Netherlands.

INTERPOL said the buyers initiated a Bank transfer to Ireland and were preparing for delivery, which involved 52 trucks and a police escort to transport the masks from a warehouse in the Netherlands to their final destination in Germany.

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He further stated that just before the delivery date, the buyers were informed that no funds had been received and that an urgent transfer of 880,000 euros directly to the Dutch supplier was required to ensure the safety of the goods.

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In addition, Inspector General of police Mohamed Adamu urged members of the public to remain vigilant and take precautions against new criminal trends.

The police chief said that criminal elements can study the emergency created by the Coronavirus pandemic to increase and diversify their criminal activities.

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