Con man escapes jail

HARARE - A man who swindled a local casket manufacturing firm of $34 200 has escaped jail.

Magistrate Tendai Mahwe yesterday sentenced Dalvin Dean Green to 36 months in prison.

But the con star will not see the inside of jail.

The magistrate suspended six months for five years on condition of good behaviour and 26 months on conditions of restitution while the remaining four months were suspended on condition that Green performs 140 hours of community service at Parirenyatwa Hospital.

Green, 30, acted as a casket supplying agent between Moonlight Funeral Services and Richport Marketing, which is into steel fabrication and steel casket manufacturing.

Prosecutor Gift Zumbika said Green approached Nigel Peters, the managing director of Auto Centre, Richport Marketing’s sister company, and indicated to him that Moonlight Funeral Services required caskets in January this year.

Peters expressed interest in the deal and was then introduced to Moonlight Funeral Services financial director Ian Nakhozwe, who confirmed his firm needed the said caskets.

Green was awarded 25 percent of the profit for sourcing the business.

Peters went to South Africa and brought 40 caskets valued at $34 200 which he delivered to Moonlight.

 On February 16 this year, Green went to Moonlight where he lied that he had been sent to collect payment on Peters’ behalf.

Green was paid in the form of a motor vehicle, a Toyota D4D Hilux and $3 600, which he collected and disappeared.

The matter came to light when Peters approached Moonlight for payment of the supplied caskets and was told Green had already collected the vehicle as payment. - Ivine Zhakata

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