Clearing agent 'swindles' businessman

HARARE - A clearing agent has been arraigned before the Harare Magistrates’ Court for allegedly swindling a businessman $60 000.

Munyaradzi Hillary Murombedzi, 31, a clearing agent at Beitbridge Border Post appeared before magistrate Anita Tshuma on fraud charges.

Prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira alleges that during the period extending from 2010 to August this year, Rashid Menk a businessman engaged the services of Murombedzi to clear his goods which he imported from South Africa and China.

According to state papers, in terms of their agreement, Menk would deposit money into Murombedzi’s account and Murombedzi was supposed to pay Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) for clearing the goods imported by Menk.

During the said period, it is alleged Menk gave Murombedzi a total of $60 000 on different occasions to clear his goods.

Instead of paying duty to Zimra, Murombedzi allegedly converted the money to his own use.

The offence came to light after Murombedzi failed to submit original documents to Menk which needed to be supplied to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

Menk suffered an actual prejudice of $60 000 and nothing was recovered.

Magistrate Tshuma remanded Murombedzi out of custody to September 24 on $200 bail.

He was ordered to reside at given address, surrender passport and to report to the police every Friday as part of his bail conditions.

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