A Nigerian couple reportedly teamed up with a Bluffhill man and went on shopping spree of expensive phones and groceries using cloned American Visa Cards.
Oluwaseya Ajibala Ogbechi (43), Ruth Ruramai Ogbechi (28) and Olga Tapiwa Tapambwa (29) reportedly duped supermarkets and gadgets shops of groceries and Apple iPhone 7 plus phones worth over $20 000.
The trio appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Barbra Chimboza facing seven counts of fraud which is defined as unauthorised use or possession of credit or debit card. The trio will appear before the same magistrate today for bail ruling.
Prosecuting, Ms Linda Gadzikwa alleged that on May 8, the trio used a cloned ATM Visa Card belonging to a customer of Chase Bank of United States of America (USA) to buy groceries worth $5 627.60 at SPAR Supermarket in Ballantyne suburb, Harare.
The court heard that Chase Bank discovered that the card was being fraudulently used in Zimbabwe and alerted the complainant, CABS Bank.
Four policemen, who allegedly committed crimes in separate incidents in the city, appeared in court yesterday charged with fraud, bribery and extortion.
Their cases were, however, recorded differently. Patrick Makina (38), who is facing extortion charges, allegedly demanded a motor vehicle and cash from a man who was in custody facing a theft charge involving $50 000 to facilitate his release.
Traffic cops, Brighton Matafari (36) and Mike Mukuna (29) were arrested at a roadblock after receiving $5 bribe from a motorist whose driver’s licence they had confiscated.
Another policeman, Henock Henock (27), is facing a fraud charge after he allegedly defrauded a Harare woman of $1 000 after she intended to have her fingerprints vetted for a police clearance.
olice have arrested people in Harare who were allegedly printing fake national identity documents and the suspects will appear in court soon. In a statement yesterday, the Registrar-General’s Office said the system was alert to any shenanigans.
“The Registrar-General security got a tip off about criminals who are printing fake national identity documents and sought the assistance of the police to arrest the culprits,” the RG’s office said.
“The culprits were indeed arrested and are in police custody. The Registrar-General (Mr Tobaiwa Mudede) recently had workshops in Harare and Bulawayo on document fraud, encouraging individuals and the corporate world to verify with the department on any civil registration document whose authenticity they are not satisfied with.”
Former Harare town clerk Tendai Mahachi, waste water manager Simon Muserere and water director Christopher Zvobgo yesterday appeared in court facing charges of fraud involving $35 million.Muserere (47), who appeared on three separate records, was granted $1 300 bail, while Zvobgo (64), who is appearing on two records, was granted $800 bail. Mahachi (63) was granted $300 bail.
It is alleged that Mahachi, Zvobgo and Muserere smuggled unregistered companies for the award of the contract for the Firle sewage works.
Muserere and Zvobgo hand picked Energy Resources Africa Consortium (ERAC) for a contract valued at $13 816 117, 10. They manipulated the company name from Energy Resources Africa Consortium Trading to Portriver as a cover up.
On March 22, 2011 they corruptly awarded a tender to Sidal Engineering (Pvt) Ltd to the tune of $18 121 125, 10. It is alleged that in early 2011, Muserere and Zvobgo prepared an unpriced bill of quantities for the work needed at Firle. The contract was valued at $18 121 125, 16 and they also awarded a tender to ERAC to the tune of $13 816 117, 10.
On April 6, 2011, Sydney Hambara raised an invoice of $1 490 000 purporting that the work was complete when in actual fact nothing was done. In February 2010, Muserere initiated that a new sewer line of 2,8 kilometres be constructed to upgrade Highlands sewer system.
He hand picked Showbyte Engineering (Pvt) Ltd, which was owned by his in-laws and gave it a tender worth $1 273 311, 28. Directors of the company were sisters to Muserere’s wife and she would withdraw money deposited by City of Harare. The company was awarded another tender worth $300 000.
City of Harare lost $35 000 619, 54.
SIX more immigration officers stationed at Victoria Falls and Kazungula border posts have been arrested after allegedly receiving bribes from foreigners to alter visas.
The arrest of Vincent Shoshwe, Sheilla Ndabani, Shepherd Gombwe, Simbarashe Nyamukachi, Joseph Raungana and Tichaona Munemo, brings to 16 the number of immigration workers who have been arrested at Victoria Falls and Kazungula border posts and the Victoria Falls International Airport within a month.
Shoshwe, Ndabani, Gombwe, Nyamukachi, Raungana and Munemo were arrested on Friday at their workplaces following an audit at the three ports of entry.
They were supposed to appear in court on Saturday, but prosecutors referred back documents to the police for further investigations as a full report from the auditors detailing amount stolen and nationalities of visitors is still pending. The auditors are from the Ministry of Home Affairs and have literally been camping in Victoria Falls for the past one month.
THE Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa has said his ministry is considering the suitability of United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) board chairman Mr Francis Chitehwe to continue on his post following $50 000 fraud allegations that saw him resigning from ZB Life.
Mr Chitehwe recently resigned as ZB Life Assurance Limited sales manager after the financial institution instituted an investigation following a report made to the police that he had defrauded a former Bulawayo Polytechnic employee of nearly $50 000 in an insurance scam.
In an interview, Dr Parirenyatwa said he had written to Mr Chitehwe demanding an explanation on the allegations levelled against him before a position is taken on his UBH board chairmanship.
Last week, ZB Financial Holdings’ head of corporate services Mr Shadowsight Chiganze told The Chronicle that Mr Chitehwe had resigned from his position. This was after the Chronicle had exposed the alleged scam.
Ms Winnie Mapuranga, a former accountant at the Bulawayo Polytechnic made a report to the police three weeks ago after Mr Chitehwe allegedly made her pay him $46 400 over a period of three years on a promise that he would facilitate a $1 million business loan from two life assurance policies with the company.
LOCAL authorities are losing millions of dollars to land barons who claim to own land while defrauding home seekers, Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere has said.
Minister Kasukuwere said the issue of land barons was a serious cancer that the ministry was dealing with.
He was responding to questions in Parliament on Thursday after giving a ministerial statement on the suspension of Chitungwiza Municipality councillors over corruption allegations.
“This is a serious cancer in our society. If you calculate say 13 000 stands being sold at $4 000 or $5 000 each, what would they give you? This is about $54 million and this is the amount of money that our local authorities are losing to individuals who claim to own land and sell it and it is indeed a serious cause for concern.
Former Harare town clerk Tendai Mahachi (61), who is accused of influencing the City of Harare to part with $800 000 to a bogus parking equipment manufacturer, was yesterday brought to court on fraud allegations.
Mahachi was granted $200 bail by Harare magistrate Josephine Sande, who remanded him to May 31.
Mahachi was granted $200 bail by Harare magistrate Josephine Sande, who remanded him to May 31.
As part of his bail conditions, Mahachi was ordered to report once every Friday at CID Serious Fraud, to surrender his passport with the clerk of court, not to interfere with State witnesses and to reside at his given address.
Chitungwiza councillors and officials drove the municipality into bankruptcy through illegal land sales, as land in the dormitory town had become ‘a free for all’, the commission running the affairs of the council has said.
An internal audit revealed that councillors and staff allocated themselves stands/land and undercharged by as much as $200 and proceeded to sell the same stands for $5 000. The bankrupt council owes various creditors, including statutory obligations of more than $62 million while the local authority is owed $49 million by residents, business and Government departments.
Speaking during a tour of Chitungwiza by Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere and other senior officials from his ministry, the commission’s chairperson Mr Madzudzo Pawadyira said most of the problems bedevilling Chitungwiza would have vanished had council received what was due to it.
A 41-YEAR-OLD Bindura businesswoman was yesterday dragged to court for allegedly swindling Harare City Council of $800 000 in a botched deal involving acquisition of parking equipment.
The accused, Mary Mapetese Masunda, was granted $500 bail by Harare magistrate, Barbara Chimboza and remanded to May 31. Masunda is the director of Shelstein Enterprises, whose subsidiary, Parkrite (Pvt) Ltd, provides parking management systems.
It is the State’s case that on August 18, 2014, Shelstein entered into a joint venture agreement with City Parking after it had misrepresented to the City of Harare that it was the sole distributor and franchise in Southern Africa for Parx Global Limited, an Israeli company involved in the manufacture of parking equipment.
This was after City Parking, represented by its board chairperson and acting town clerk, Josephine Ncube, indicated that it was looking for parking equipment.
To facilitate the deal, Masunda and her alleged accomplices Simon Muzviyo and Qhawe Masunda allegedly instructed City Parking to deposit $800 000 into Shelstein Enterprises’ bank account as its capital contribution to the joint venture. Acting on the alleged misrepresentation, City Parking transferred $800 000 into Shelstein Enterprises’ ZB Bank account.
Soon after the money reflected in the account, the accused allegedly withdrew it and converted it to their own use, prejudicing City Parking of $800 000.
First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe yesterday said authorities responsible for land allocation in urban areas must be held accountable for their cruelty of watching people erect houses on illegal land without stopping them, only to pitch up to demolish the completed structures.
She said it was disheartening that those in charge of land allocation chose to turn a blind eye when people build houses on the illegal land. Amai Mugabe made the remarks while handing over a house built by Zimbabwe Music Awards (Zima) to revolutionary musician Dickson “Cde Chinx” Chingaira in Harare.
“There are questions we are asking and we want answers,” she said. “Someone must answer these questions out there, kuti ndiani akambopa land iyoyo, ndiani akasainira, who was the councillor during that particular time, how did it go?
“We want to get the real story, not only the chorus that people built on undesignated land. I saw this happening and you all saw it. Inga huku nembudzi dzedu topfigira wani, what about a person?”
Local authorities, together with the Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Ministry are responsible for urban land.
Amai Mugabe went on: “You see someone building his or her house from the foundation level to window and roof level until completion, then when they are about to move in, someone comes and says it’s an illegal structure.
The First Lady said due diligence was needed before demolitions, with culprits being brought to book.
A 26-YEAR-OLD man has been sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for posing as a teacher and successfully applying for a loan under a false name.
Tinashe Ronald Matare approached a loan officer at Credit Plus Finance Company in Gweru and applied for a $250 loan using a false name. He was only arrested after he tried to use the same trick in Masvingo.
Matare of 7900 Tiger Crescent, Zimre Park in Harare was convicted on his own plea by Gweru Magistrate Mr Musaiona Shotgame.
He was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment but had seven months suspended on condition that he restitutes Credit Plus Finance Company $250 before May 31.
In passing the sentence Mr Shotgame said the court had taken into account that Matare pleaded guilty and therefore did not waste the court’s time.
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