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Pots Construction Directors,Dr Ntombikayise Ntibane accused of money laundering in R500,000.00 suspicious transactions,part of monies transferred to United States alleged fraudster.

Thursday, 27th June, 2024

MBABANE:Dr Ntombikayise Treasure Ntibane,a Medical Doctor within the Ministry of Health was flagged by the Eswatini Financial Intelligence Unit(EFIU) after her bank account received about five hundred thousand Rands(R500,000.00) from Pots Construction.

This is contained in State documents shared to this Swaziland News by international journalists of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists(ICIJ).

The documents that include suspicious bank transactions of public figures,private companies, politicians and other individuals also indicate illicit alleged money laundering within the eSwatini financial system.

 In a report compiled by Fitzgerald Graham,the Director of the Eswatini Financial Intelligence Unit, Dr Ntibane who was holding a Nedbank account,allegedly transferred part of the monies to individuals based in the United States(US) including an alleged fraudster.

“On May 19, 2017 the account was credited with E 170 000.00 from Pots Construction Company, which is a construction company based in Mbabane and there was no reference or reason for the payment, however as a civil servant employed by Government it is not logical for her to receive such a huge amount from a private company. On May 22, she made a swift transfer of E 93 085.20 to an account in the United States of America belonging to a James Edward Pruden referenced as a gift.On June 6, 2017 she made another swift transfer of E 64 625.00 to a Melisa Cruz who is also in the United States of America and it was also referenced as a gift. It however makes no logical sense for a civil servant to give monetary gifts to people in the United States of America; especially amounts that exceed her monthly salary.On June 22, 2017 her account was credited with E 122 368.50 an amount which was said to be her salary, however what is puzzling is that for the previous five (5) months her salary was E 16 958.31 per month. A further cheque deposit of E 150 000.00 was made into the account on July 8, 2017 and two days later she made another swift transfer of E 92 066.40 to a Michael/Michal J Merrill in the United States of America, an individual who is linked to theft by false pretences charges in his home country”,reads the report in part.

Efforts to seek a comment from Dr Ntibane and Pots Construction proved as even the Office landline was not going through.

On another note,Prime Minister Russell Mmiso Dlamini threatened to deal with those who leaked the State information to journalists.

Pots Construction Directors,Dr Ntombikayise Ntibane accused of money laundering in R500,000.00 suspicious transactions,part of monies transferred to United States alleged fraudster.
A TLB(Internet pic): Pots Construction Directors,Dr Ntombikayise Treasure Ntibane accused of money laundering in R500,000.00 suspicious transactions, part of monies transferred to United States alleged fraudster.