Alfred Beit swindled of $40 000 in fees scam

HARARE - Two Alfred Beit Primary School employees accused of swindling the school of $40 000 appeared in court on Friday facing fraud charges.

Catherine Chamboko, 27, and Prisca Chadamoyo, 29, allegedly removed numerous original receipts from school fees receipt books and converted the stolen money to their personal use.

The duo were not asked to plead when they were arraigned before magistrate Don Ndirowei.

It is the State’s case that Chamboko, who serves as the accounting assistant clerk and Chadamoyo, an administration assistant, connived and allegedly hatched a plan to steal from the school.

The two, in executing their alleged plan, agreed to remove pages from receipt books held by Chamboko anticipating that the school authorities would not recognise the missing pages.

Allegations are that between January 1, 2012 and December 31, the duo allegedly removed a number of fast copies to the receipts issued towards payment of school fees.

The money was allegedly converted by the two women to their own use.

The court heard that in April this year, the offence came to light after the school’s headmaster, Emmanuel Zvareva noted that there were a number of parents who appeared on school records as having defaulted on fees.

However, when Zvareva called them to verify the anomaly, they produced receipts which did not appear in the system despite their having been originated by Chamboko and Chadamoyo.

Subsequently, the school engaged the services of SAI Public Accountants who carried out an audit inspection of the financial records and discovered the alleged offence.

In a bid to substantiate the extent of the prejudice, school authorities called back all receipts which were issued to parents during the period leading to the recovery of the fraudulently removed receipts.

The recovered receipts were allegedly originated by the two women as evidenced by the endorsement of their respective signatures. - Helen Kadirire

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