Belgian arrested for externalising funds

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ZTN Correspondent

Belgian national Daleyot Erez has been arrested in Zimbabwe for allegedly externalising more than US$180 000.

Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) spokesperson John Makamure said: “Sometime in December 2021, Erez hatched a plan to prejudice the Government of Zimbabwe thousands of United States dollars through his company, Raiz El-Nickel Processing.

“To achieve his plan, Erez allegedly exported 240 tonnes of copper/nickel alloy valued at USD180 000.00 to Tera Africa, a South African Company, at undervalued prices.” Makamure added; “The money was supposed to be paid to the Raiz-El Nickel Processing (Pvt) Ltd Ecobank account in Zimbabwe but, instead, Erez bypassed this to avoid paying tax by instructing Tera Africa to pay the export proceeds to his South African registered company, Knight Corp, through South African bank, First National Bank (FNB).”

Investigators established that since December 2021, the accused’s foreign currency earnings were not received by Ecobank Zimbabwe Limited, “depriving the country thousands of dollars in undeclared incomes and loss of revenue through externalisation”.

It is also believed that Erez‘s company corruptly posted huge losses to the Government by declaring minimal taxable profits and not acquitting CDI Forms within 90 days in violation of the Exchange Control Regulations.

Reserve Bank Exchange Control Regulations require all foreign currency earnings to be received within 90 days or within an approved extension period by Exchange Control. Non-acquittal of CDI forms constitutes an offence in terms of Section 5(1) of the Exchange Control Act.

Erez was remanded in custody by a Kwekwe Magistrate to April 20, 2022 for bail hearing.