Fraud cases on the increase

ZIMBABWEANS are increasingly falling victim to fraud with police battling to contain the upsurge of scams whose monetary value is now hovering above $1 million, according to the latest police wanted list.

Police have since launched manhunts for various suspects who have become more daring in the face of rising joblessness and a dilapidating economy.

One of the suspects on the wanted list is Kudakwashe Unity Mhike who is wanted in connection with a case of fraud involving $818 520.

The 32-year-old who was employed as a junior bookkeeper by RAM Petroleum issued RAM Cards to her accomplice without following the correct procedures.

It is the State’s case that the accomplice used the cards to draw fuel valued at $796 025, 49 from RAM Petroleum Service Stations.

The suspect would then misrepresent to her employer that the customer had deposited cash with the company, when there was no such cash deposits.

As a result of the misrepresentation RAM Petroleum suffered an actual prejudice of $796 025, 49 and a potential prejudice of $22 494, 66.

The police serious fraud squad has also launched a manhunt for Tonderai Waya who is wanted in connection with a case involving $63 428 committed at OK Mart in Harare.

The accused who was employed by OK Mart as an office cashier had the responsibility of managing float money and banking it.

However, during the period in question he diverted the money to his personal use. The offence came to light after OK Mart had contacted its internal audit prompting the accused to flee.

There is also a search for Shadreck Zvigo whose last known address was 2325 Nkulumane, Bulawayo.
Zvigo and his alleged accomplice Justin Mpofu stormed into a house in Bulawayo where they assaulted the occupants and demanded cash at gunpoint.

The two went away with the complainant’s motor vehicle and took away cash amounting to $30 000 and eight cellphones.
Police spokesperson Charity Charamba said they were also tracking the whereabouts of three fraud suspects in another case involving $166 000.

The three are Tatenda Mandimutsira, 24, Njabulo Ndebele, 24 and Kudzai Terrence Mushonga, 25.
The suspects purported to be employees of Dream Air Company which is non-existent and applied for a loan from the complainant who is a registered micro-financier, said Charamba

The suspects produced fake documents for the loan application leading to the complainant unsuspectingly approving and depositing a total of $166 000 into the accused’s bank account.

“They paid a few installments so that complainant could gain trust in them. The offence came to light after the suspects applied for another loan of $37 500,” Charamba said.

The complainant then checked with the commercial bank on the authenticity of the bank statement and realised that it was concocted and reported the matter to the police.

“The suspects were arrested and remanded out of custody but later defaulted trial. Their whereabouts are currently not known,” Charamba said.—Farayi Machamire





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