Armed Robber’s Wife Arrested For Buying House With “Dirty Money”
The wife of a notorious armed robber has been arrested after she used her husband’s “dirty money” to buy a house in Chitungwiza’s Zengeza suburb.
37-year-old Juliet Gavaza was arrested over the weekend following the arrest of her husband Godfrey Josi.
41-year-old Josi, who has several cases of armed robbery and warrants of arrest which are pending before the courts, was arrested in Damafalls on Saturday. Josi, who was the leader of a gang of armed robbers, was only apprehended after the police shot him in the leg.
Josi’s arrest precipitated the arrest of 6 other notorious armed robbers. Another suspected armed robber died from wounds sustained in a shootout with the police.
His wife, Juliet was arrested after the authorities discovered that she had bought and registered in her name a house in Rockview, Zengeza 5. She is being charged with violating anti-money laundering legislation after the police secured all the documents related to the purchase of the house.
In a statement, national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said,
The Police has also arrested Juliet GAVAZA  after investigations revealed that she is married to suspect, Godfrey JOSI, and had a house, Stand number 17704 Rockview, Zengeza 5, Chitungwiza bought and registered in her name from the proceeds of the armed robbery cases committed in and outside Harare.
She is facing charges of Contravening Section 8 of the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act Chapter 9:24. The Police have secured all the transactional documents related to this house.
Juliet is set to appear in court soon. If convicted of the crime, she faces a maximum of twenty-five years in prison or a fine of US$500 000. The court can also choose to impose both the fine and the prison term.
Under the Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime Act, it is a criminal offence to convert or transfer property acquired through unlawful activity.
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