Cop in $10 000 fraud

HARARE - A police officer stationed at the Police General Headquarters (PGHQ) has been arraigned before the courts after he allegedly defrauded the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) of $10 000 meant for procuring stationery.

Constable Elvis Hove, 26, misused his position as a stationery officer in the buying section at PGHQ by claiming $10 600 from a supplier after lying that the police did not make payments before deliveries.

The court heard that in December 2012, the PGHQ procurement and administration section placed an order with Superpro Technical Systems for the supply of cartridges and stationery worth $1 618.

Inspector Mazani, the officer in charge of the procurement section, indicated that the organisation was to pay for the order in the first week of January 2013 and the order was delivered.

On January 4, Mazani made another order with Superpro for the supply of stationery and computer consumables worth $7 742.

Mazani allegedly instructed PGHQ finance section to transfer $9 360 into Superpro’s bank account which included $1 618 being payment for the December 2012 supplies.

It is the State’s case that on January 7, Hove approached Superpro’s managing director Singer Chimukoko and misrepresented that PGHQ had erred in paying for goods before delivery before claiming $7 742.

However, Superpro gave Hove $6 100 which he signed for after indicating that they had already used the difference to procure items ordered by PGHQ.

Allegations are that Superpro delivered the stationery and computer consumables as per the January 4 order and were promised by Hove that the payment was going to be made seven days after delivery of goods.

When they failed to get their payment for the orders, Superpro made a follow up with Hove who said payment was being processed.

On February 15, Hove made orders with Superpro for the supply of 1 000 units of USB flash sticks worth $5 500 which he said were going to be used by PGHQ operations section for referendum duties.

Hove allegedly went and collected the merchandise and indicated that payment was going to be made in cash by ZRP operations department as this was a special order which had nothing to do with the ZRP procurement section.

On April 11, Chimukoko approached Mazani and showed his displeasure over the non-payment of supplies which his company had made to ZRP.

Chimukoko also indicated that Superpro had returned $6 100 to Hove after they had been told that PGHQ accounts department does not pay in advance.

Upon learning that Chimukoko had made a complaint to his superiors, Hove contacted him and paid $1 000 and promised to pay the balance in a week’s time but he failed to do so.

Magistrate Don Ndirowei remanded Hove out of custody to June 14 on $500 bail.

Ndirowei ordered Hove not to visit his workplace and to surrender his passport as part of his bail conditions. - Helen Kadirire

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