Police in Ntchisi district have arrested five people for alleged theft by trick.
It is alleged that the tricksters formed a fake association called Tilime 3 and Women Association.
Police Public Relations Officer for Ntchisi Gladson M’bumpha said on June 7th the suspects visited Traditional Authority Kalumo where they claimed to be offering loans and rice seeds to small scale farmers at a fee of K1,000.
People were organized and sensitized on the issue.
On June 15th the suspects distributed rice seeds to the farmers thereafter collected about K700,000.
Some of the arrested suspects are Chikafa Bisalomu, 41, of Chimbayo Village, Traditional Authority Kabudula, Chisoni Mdyetseni, 44, of Nambuma Village, Traditional Authority Mtema, all from Lilongwe and three women.
Police are currently investigating the issue.