Conman defrauds 10 people

A 32-year-old suspected conman linked to a spat of frauds targeting people emerging from banks is on trial on 10 counts of fraud amounting to over  $1 500.

Akim Simbarashe Mukono of Dangamvura, who was identified in 10 identification parades by different complainants, was denied bail by magistrate Tendai Mahwe.

He was remanded in custody to February 21.

Mukono is being charged with fraud as defined in section 136 (b) of the criminal law codification and reform act chapter 9:23.

It is the State’s case that Mukono would masquerade as a part-time Christian Care employee who off-loaded food aid at the organisation’s Mutare office.

He would, however, target people as they emerged from banks or whom he was sure would have money.

As his modus operandi, Mukono would allegedly request his victims to stash their money in an envelope and then interchange the envelope with one stuffed with newspapers.

Mukono stole amounts ranging from $74 to $426 for a total of $1 534.

Batsirai Kufakwatenzi, Fungai Manyengavana, Silas Nyeka, Elias Kapfumvuti, Gilbert Manyonga, Albert Munase, Morgan Makombe, Tafadzwa Muchanyara, Nomore Chiradza and James Maunga all claim to have been conned by Mukono. Matthew Chimutunga was prosecuting. — Bernard Chiketo in MUTARE

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