Bursar in court for theft

HARARE - A Westlea Primary School bursar is facing criminal charges for stealing $29 000 that she was supposed to have deposited in a bank.

Fildah Chekera, 39, was employed by the City of Harare as a school bursar and is facing theft of trusty property charges.

She is currently out of custody on $200 bail.

Prosecutor George Manokore told the court that Chekera received $328 575 from parents between January 2012 and March last year. According to state papers, she was supposed to reconcile the figures and take the money for banking.

She allegedly banked $299 188 and converted the difference of $29 387 to her own use.

The offence came to light in February last year after the School Development Committee (SDC), carried out an annual audit.

According to state papers, the auditor called the SDC for a briefing on the findings. Chekera was also called to confirm if she knew about the anomaly, to which she allegedly admitted in writing and promised to pay $500 every month towards the reimbursement of the funds.

She allegedly brought $3 000 to the school headmaster in March last year as part payment to the missing amount.

The State claims that out of the money that was lost, the school only managed to recover $3 000. Chekera will be back in court on May 9 for her trial. She is represented by Farai Nyamayaro.

Comments (1)

330k....why not ask the parents to deposit the cash at Banks and bring the deposit slips? So for three months she was keeping that amount of money? The Head and SDC should all shown the door for sleeping on duty.

Mazvokuda - 24 April 2014

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