Africom employee jailed for forgery

HARARE - A former Africom Holdings employee who defrauded his employer of $4 000 after forging documents for a Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) and depositing the cash into his bank account has been jailed an effective 12 months for forgery.

Magistrate Tsatsawani Ndaba had initially sentenced Brook Marufu, 24, to 24 months behind bars but 12 months were set aside on condition he does not commit a similar offence.

Facts leading to the conviction are that on July 23, Elizabeth Mombeshora was instructed to do an RTGS transaction of $24 000 from Africom’s FBC bank into the company’s Stanbic Bank account.

Mombeshora had been requested to carry out the task by her superior Ignatious Neshena but since she was still new, she asked Marufu for assistance.

It is the State’s case that Marufu completed the transfer payment forms and handed over the paperwork to Mombeshora in order for the signatories to endorse.

The court heard that after the forms were completed, Marufu then willingly requested for the signed forms from Mombeshora so that he could help her submit them at FBC Bank’s Belgravia branch.

Prosecutor Desire Chidanire said Marufu then forged a transaction of $4 000 on the same RTGS form that had already been signed, transferring the money to LMG Industries’ Barclays Bank Msasa branch.

Marufu then submitted the copies of the signed money transfer forms at the bank but upon his return at work, he did not hand over the return copy from FBC Bank.

Instead, Marufu scanned the forged return copy before editing it and handing it over to Mombeshora for filing.

After the transaction had reflected at the bank, Tawanda from FBC bank called Africom’s Chenai Musabaika to confirm the transaction but the bank was instructed to stop after it emerged that the amount reflecting had been tampered with.

On July 24, Musabaika went to FBC Belgravia and requested the original copy of the RTGS form only to discover that an additional $4 000 withdrawal had been made without Africom’s approval, resulting in Marufu’s arrest.

Comments (2)

Silly thief!

Sirius - 12 August 2013


POMBIYADONHA - 16 August 2013

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