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A woman admits to assisting Chinese nationals in obtaining fake ownership of a timber company.

A 34-year-old Ugandan lady has acknowledged to assisting two Chinese nationals in obtaining full ownership of a wood company they had previously co-owned with another Chinese person.

Wei Dongqing held 60 percent of the stock of Hongsen International Company Limited, while Huang Yiping, 39, and Wang Bingchuan, 40, each held 20 percent.

Dongqing, the company’s majority shareholder, went on a trip to China in October 2020, and when he returned, the duo had changed the company documents with the help of Robinah Nassuuna, 34, an accountant, to show that Yiping now owned 80 percent of the company’s shares and that Dongqing was no longer a director.

Nassuuna accompanied the couple to the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) to file new documents to reflect the change.

Dondqing was fired from the company after being told he was no longer a director upon his return, causing him to initiate a lawsuit.

Yiping, Bingchuan, and Nassuuna were arrested and charged with forgery, issuing fraudulent documents, and conspiracy to perpetrate the offenses.

Later, they were remanded to Kitalya.

Nassuuna had negotiated a plea bargain arrangement in which she agreed to admit to the accusations in exchange for a lighter sentence and to work as a state witness, according to the state prosecutor, Patricia Chingtho, who spoke in court on Tuesday.

“The DPP and Robinah Nassuuna reached a plea agreement, which was witnessed by her lawyer, Elias Tumwebaze. She will testify as the first witness if she is approved, but she will also accept a lighter sentence,” Chingtho informed the court.

Siena Owomugisha, the trial magistrate, later read all nine counts to Nassuuna, who admitted to them.

For all nine instances of forgery, issuing false documents, and conspiracy to commit the crimes, the magistrate sentenced her to shs2 million in fines or a two-year prison sentence.

Another Chinese has entered a guilty plea.

In an unexpected turn of events, one of the two Chinese nationals charged with the crimes pleaded guilty to forgery, issuing false documents, and conspiracy to perpetrate the crimes as well.

Wang Bingchuan, 40, told the court through his lawyer Frank Kandiho that he understands the charges against him and admits to committing the crimes.

He was ultimately sentenced to a shs16 million fine, with shs2 million fines for each of the eight charges against him.

If the Chinese national cannot afford the Shs16 million, the Buganda Road Court trial magistrate warned him he might settle for 18 months in prison.

Wang Bingchuan, 40, stated in court that he is aware of the charges leveled against him and that he admits to committing the crimes.

He was ultimately sentenced to a shs16 million fine, with shs2 million fines for each of the eight charges against him.

The trial magistrate told the Chinese national that he can also settled for 18 months imprisonment if he cant afford the shs16 million.

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