Bogus lawyer denied bail

HARARE - Harare magistrate Don Ndirowei has denied bail a bogus lawyer who swindled a home seeker of $9 000 in a botched residential stand deal.

Maxwell Mano (37) appeared before the Harare Magistrate on fraud charges, after selling a residential stand to two different people. He deceived one of them that he was a lawyer.

Prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira told the court Mano committed the offence in connivance with Panganai Madondo, Evans Majaji and Lovemore Chigonga.

According to state papers, the trio lied they were operating a law firm called Chikanda and Maputsanyika Legal Practitioners.

The complainant, whose name was not mentioned in state papers is alleged to have visited Mano’s offices where he found him holding title deeds for a residential stand in Norton.

The court heard the complainant was made to believe that the stand belongs to Mano, before transferring $423 into Mano’s account in February this year.

The money was for transfer fees for the stand in question, it is alleged.

The complainant allegedly paid $9 000 to Northway Real Estate, after genuinely believing that Mano was a registered lawyer.

According to state papers, the complainant later discovered the same stand had been sold to another person and that Mano was not a registered lawyer as alleged.

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