Bulawayo couple in diamond scam

BULAWAYO - A Bulawayo couple has been arrested for allegedly forging a Mineral Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) official’s signature and the organisation’s letterhead in a foiled bid to lure foreign diamond dealers to their “fake” company.

Sihle MacDonald and Bruce Macdonald appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Abednico Ndebele facing forgery charges and were remanded out of custody up to February 6 on $200 bail each.

It is alleged that on October 17 the couple connived and scanned a MMCZ letter head and the signature of the acting Deputy General Manager Ottilia Furutsa.

The two then created a confirmation letter to the effect that their company (Matabeleland Investments) was authorised to sell MMCZ diamonds.

The accused reportedly intended to lure diamond buyers from abroad to buy the mineral through their company. To this end, they sent the forged document to a prospective buyer using company electronic mail.

The con trick unravelled when one of the prospective buyers forwarded the scanned document to MMCZ for confirmation of the pair’s legal standing.

It turned out that Mac Donald was an unauthorised buyer or seller of MMCZ diamonds as claimed, the court was told.

A police report was made and the two were arrested.

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