Cashier in court

HARARE - An Aviation Ground Services (AGS) cashier who was at large after allegedly swindling the company of over $200 000 was arraigned before the Harare Magistrates’ Court.

Chakwamura Norbert Chinorinda, 38, appeared before magistrate Anita Tshuma on fraud charges.

The court heard that during October 2011 to July 2012 Chinorinda and his accomplices, Harold Muchenje, 38, Priscilla Togarepi, 35, Benard Chirara, 32, and Power Muza, 38, who are on remand acted in common purpose to defraud AGS, a company which is in the business of clearing goods with Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) on behalf of local and international clients, of revenue that was being paid by customers.

It is alleged that Muchenje and Togarepi who are supervisors connived with Chirara and Muza who are customs services officers and Chinorinda who is a cashier and created invoices for various customers who subsequently paid cash to any of the five.

According to state papers, customers would collect goods and go away without a receipt.

The five, it is alleged, gave themselves deleting passwords and would delete the invoices from the computer system and pocket all or part of the money received from customers.

During the checks, it is alleged that the company discovered that there were some missing invoices in the computer system and engaged auditors who confirmed that $217 257,37 had been swindled from the company.

Magistrate Tshuma remanded Chinorinda out of custody to September 14 on a $200 bail. — Ivan Zhakata

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