Zimbabwean charged with money laundering

via Zimbabwean charged with money laundering – NewsDay Zimbabwe August 7, 2015

Calgary — Police in Canada have arrested a Zimbabwean, Simbarashe Godfrey Nzvimbo, in connection with a money-laundering scheme that resulted in about a quarter of a million dollars stolen.

On July 30, police were contacted by a bank that reported a theft of bank drafts and that the stolen documents were used to illegally obtain large amounts of money at a casino.

Officials at the bank told police they believed that a worker at the bank was responsible, and about $255 000 had been obtained.

The 29-year-old Nzvimbo had used the casino as an attempt to mask his activities.

Authorities say they were concerned because a lot of money was involved and there was a flight risk connected with the suspect.

“Because there was such a significant amount of money and we did believe he was going to leave the country, he reached out to the CPS Airport Unit and the United States Secret Service in the event that he would indeed leave the country,” Constable Tanya Bertull with the CPS said.

Later on that day, police located the suspect in south Calgary and arrested him without incident.

Nzvimbo is being charged with three counts of uttering a forged document, one count of fraud over $5 000 and one count of money-laundering.

He is expected to appear in court today. Police say they have not recovered the money that he allegedly stole. — online