66-year-old granny convicted of fraud

A 66-year-old granny has been slapped with a six-month jail term following her conviction on two counts of fraud.

Irene Matanha of Chikanga 2 in Mutare was, however spared the custodial sentence by magistrate Sekai Chiundura due to old age.

Matanha was convicted on her own plea of guilty on two counts of fraud as defined in section 136 of the criminal law codification and reform act chapter 9:23.

She defrauded two women of $50 each.

Four months were suspended on condition of good behaviour for the next five years while two were suspended on condition that she restitute her victims $100.

It was the State’s case that Matanha defrauded Sarah Machoba and Dorothy Mutizhehora of Sakubva a combined $100 on January 4 and February 10, 2016 respectively.

Matanha misrepresented to the duo that she was representing two agricultural lenders who were willing to give each a $3 500 loan.

Machoba and Mutizhehora then paid the granny $50 each as a loan processing fee. Matanha, however, converted the money to her personal use.

Chiundura slammed the granny for not being a good role model.

“Be a grandmother. You must be a good role model to all of us,” Chiundura rebuked her. 
Fletcher Karombe was prosecuting. —Bernard Chiketo in MUTARE

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