Four in court over stand scam

HARARE - Four Chitungwiza men allegedly manufactured fake national identity cards and used them to sell a housing stand masquerading as the lawful owners.

Pepukai Zvakavapano, 29, Tichaona Makusha, 30, Prosper Anesu Mumanyi, 19, Colen Murungani, 26, all from Seke Chitungwiza, appeared before Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe on Thursday facing fraud charges.

They were remanded in custody pending their bail application.

The complainant is Keith Mugozori, a police officer stationed at Police General Headquarters (PGHQ).

Prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira alleged that Zvakavapano, Makusha, Mumanyi and Murungani hatched a plan to defraud Mugozori and manufactured identity cards for the stand owners of stand number 21683 Unit C Seke Chitungwiza, belonging to Thomas Shadreck and Thandiwe Nhanga

Pursuant to their plan, they placed an advert in the Sunday Mail of March 16 this year selling the stand.

The advert had Zvakavapano’s contact details.

Mugozori was shown the stand by Munyanyi and Murungani and requested to meet the stand owners.

On March 18, Makusha, in the company of another lady who is still on the run, met with Mugozori and fraudulently posed as the rightful owners of the stand.

They reportedly convinced Mugozori to buy the stand at $5 600.

Mugozori paid $5 000 and a balance of $600 was to be paid by March 24 this year.

Makusha and Mugozori signed an affidavit before lawyers at M T Chiwaridzo Attorneys.

Mugozori discovered the offence after being tipped off that the lawful owners resided in Chitungwiza camp, leading to accused person’s arrest.

 

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