Niece and nephew to the Sunshine founder/MD and others run fraudulent practices that broke an uncle who empowered them.
Fired GM, Accountant, Cashier and Site Foreman Defraud Business of Millions – Records Show.
Personal Companies registered as ‘suppliers/subcontractors’, fake invoices, forged projects drain millions with no delivery for money laundering and tax evasion
Family ties in tatters, CID in pursuit of justice.
Mr Jian Liu, the founder of Sunshine Construction, is counting heavy losses after the now fired General Manager, Accountant, Cashier and Site Foreman who are also related to the business owner (Liu) ran intricate networks of fraud that include amongst others; registering more than half a dozen companies masquerading as suppliers / subcontractors during their employ at the company, creating false invoices and forging delivery for projects that drained millions of Pulas from the business for money laundering and tax evasion purposes records show.
Former GM, Li Yong (39) is the husband of Liu’s niece named Liu Linlin (38), who was the accountant, former cashier Zhu Peng (32) is his nephew, and Li Pizeng (50) is uncle to Li Yong.
“Niece and her husband came to join the company in 2007. She was the closest thing to family to me. Having worked with her and her husband for three years I trusted them and left the operations of the business under their care from 2010 when I relocated to Canada. I left signed cheque book leaves, letterheads with my signature in pursuit of ease of operations of the business in my absence. I provided them my house, cars for them to use, food for free and all of their expenses at my cost because they are family. Little did I know that I was opening myself to a brood of vipers,” says Mr Liu.
The free fall in operations saw an increase in companies registered under Mr Liu’s niece and husband, Liu Linlin and Li Yong (respectively), his nephew Zhu Peng and Li Pizeng, uncle to Li Yong, who were in charge of the business. Records indicate that Goldfield Investments Pty LTD owned by Li Yong and Liu Lin made 17 fraudulent claims, whilst Material Masters owned by Zhu Peng made 14 running a tab of millions of Pulas for projects they never delivered on. In some instances, their friends were used as suppliers for projects at exorbitant costs. These companies are registered under the said former employees. The Serious Crime Squad division through correspondence with the company has confirmed the investigation of the said crimes in a letter dated 12th November 2019.
Registered names for these companies are Goldfield Investments Pty LTD owned by Li Yong and Liu Linlin, registered on the 4th of May 2012, City and Village Pty LTD owned by the same couple registered on the 30th of August 2012, Golden Hawk (Autoemo Motor) Pty LTD owned by Zhu Peng registered on the 14th of July 2014, Material Masters owned by Zhu Peng registered on the 9th of December 2014, Cherish Holding Pty LTD owned by Li Yong and his friend registered 18th September 2015, Paradise Melody Investment Pty LTD owned by Li Yong and Liu Linlin, registered in 2018 which was operated under Sunshine offices selling pianos.
“They forged invoices, forged signatures, forged delivery of projects, used friends’ companies as suppliers to drain the business. They even created a fake VAT Number for one of the companies. They opened many accounts under their companies and personal names for money laundering and tax evasion purposes.
When they realised that their actions will have consequences, they reported the business to BURS and made false media claims about our business and processes from the mess they created. We are pleased that all evidence is available to prove and demonstrate the truth. We have submitted all the forged documents, fake projects, fraud that almost crippled our business and all the criminal activities that took place under their watch. The CID is investigating them for all this and BURS is aware and so is Immigration,” notes Liu.
Sunshine Construction applied to cancel the work and resident’s permits under Sunshine of the said employees as advised by their lawyer and required by law for residents. A major scam of applying for permanent residence using the company’s credentials was foiled before it began.
“We await the outcome. We are pleased for the support we got from our business constituents and authorities. We are glad with the progress made. In no time we will know the truth and the sun will shine again,” concluded the MD.
Gaborone Private Hospital (GPH) has come out with guns blazing after they were accused of releasing false positive Covid-19 results which were later declared negative by the government task team force.
GPH insists that it is beyond doubt that their 8 positive Covid-19 results were indeed accurate.
This publication is in possession of a report that indicates how the government might have faulted with their results. They narrate what might have caused the various results between laboratories.
The report indicates that one or more negative results do not rule out the possibility of Covid-19 virus infection. Furthermore a number of factors could lead to a negative result in an infected individual.
GPH is immovable in their results and believe that poor quality of the specimen containing little patient material (as a control, consider determining whether there is adequate human DNA in the sample by including a human target in the PCR testing) could be a factor in diagnosing whether the case reads positive or negative.
The hospital, in the report shared internally, also point out that another factor may be as a result of the mishandling and incorrect shipping of the specimen. The report also establishes that technical reasons inherent may be one of the reasons why results may vary.
This publication has also established that same test kits were used but with different time collection of the samples. GPH affirms that this might have also impacted why the results varied.
“We are happy with our quality and believe that reporting positives with one gene detected the right decision. With the other labs only calling positives when two genes are detected, they are possibly under reporting and releasing negative results that should be called positive based on the less stringent algorithm.”
Unconfirmed reports have indicated that the government has launched a thorough investigation into the matter as GPH faces possible retribution over the matter.
“The government knows they blundered and now want to silence GPH by indicating that they are the ones who faulted. There is a lot of mix up with how the government tests and confirms results as negative.” Botswana currently stands at 46 new cases with only 17 active cases with 28 recoveries and 1 death.
President Mokgweetsi Masisi has also gone into his fourth quarantine since Corona was discovered in Botswana. According to a press release released on Thursday, there is a new positive Covid-19 result on one of the President’s officials.
A confidential report from enquiry on the award of tenders at Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) has recommended that key employees within the organisation be subjected to a Declaration of Assets exercise in a bid to find if they have been part of improper award of tenders cabal.
The confidential report seen by this publication was commissioned to give an overview on how procurement of equipment (imports) is conducted and awarded at BPC. The report titled “Enquiry into BPC tenders” which was released last month (5 May 2020), recommends that the organisation should be clear from the start whether they use selective tender or open tender process and which one will work for them.
High Court Judge Godfrey Radijeng has this week reinstated a Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) agent who was fired by the spy agency in August 2017. Justice Radijeng further ordered in the judgement that he be paid arrears from the time he was fired and for the cost of the litigation.
The reinstated DIS agent, Walter Matsoga, was in 2014 involved in a car accident and sustained injuries in the course of his clandestine job. More than a year later, on the 15th June 2015, the spy operative was subjected to a medical assessment at the instance of the DIS to determine his fitness to continue being in employment. The assessment was carried out and he continued to be under the employ of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security.