Bogus prosecutor in $6 000 vehicle fraud

HARARE - A bogus prosecutor who allegedly swindled a car sales owner of a vehicle worth more than $6 000 has appeared in court.

Tandiwe Dube, 37, allegedly lied to Kelvin Njanji that she is a prosecutor at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts and wanted to buy a vehicle at his car sales.

Dube last week appeared before magistrate Tendai Mahwe on fraud charges.

The court heard that Dube approached Njanji at the Belvedere car sales in June last year with the intention to buy a car but had no cash in hand.

She allegedly lied to Njanji that she was a prosecutor.

After viewing a Honda Fit, the court heard Dube made a commitment to buy the vehicle and asked Njanji to keep it for her until she got the money.

According to state papers, Dube would frequently visit the car sales checking on the vehicle and assuring Njanji that she was expecting some payments from other sources to pay for the car.

On some occasions, it is alleged, Dube would invite Njanji to her house to discuss about the vehicle until the two met at Harare Magistrates’ Courts where Njanji was attending to other matters.

Dube allegedly phoned Njanji and told him to bring the vehicle at her house purporting that she wanted to conclude the agreement of sale for the car.

Upon arrival with the car, Njanji was told that someone was coming with the money for the vehicle, the court heard.

Dube later lied to Njanji that she wanted to attend a funeral and asked to take the vehicle for a test drive and promised to pay for the vehicle that evening.

Dube was given the vehicle and relevant documents.

She later became evasive, the court heard.

Njanji later discovered that Dube was not a prosecutor and filed a police report leading to her arrest. - Ivan Zhakata

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