Lawyer remanded in custody over $56k fraud

HARARE - A Harare lawyer has been remanded in prison after magistrate Donald Ndirowei yesterday advised him to apply for bail at the High Court over $56 800 fraud charges.

Edmore Machuwaire, 43, who is senior partner at Machuwaire Law Firm, is jointly charged with Francisco Chatyoka, 23, Peter Ganyo, 52, Edwin Durura, 35, and Linak Machekanyanga, 34.

They were remanded in custody to August 4.

Prosecutor Farai Gatsi alleged that between June 2013 and July 2014, Chatyoka, Ganyo and Machekanyanga went around Harare identifying vacant stands.

They reportedly proceeded to the Deeds Office to find the names of owners of the stands they had identified.

Chatyoka, Ganyo, Durura and Machekanyanga then processed fake identify particulars of the stand owners and placed advertisements in a local newspaper that the stands were on sale.

Interested home seekers responded to the advertisements, and met the four to negotiate prices.

After negotiations, they demanded cash deposits from the home seekers who were invited to Machuwaire’s office at Pax House in Harare.

The court heard that after drafting the agreements of sale, Machuwaire would advise the complainants that he could not complete the transaction for them.

Chatyoka, Ganyo, Durura and Machekanyangathen told the complainants they had engaged another lawyer.

After receiving payments, the accused persons’ cell phones became unavailable.

The complainants became suspicious and contacted the real owners of the stands.

They realised they had been duped and reported the matter to the police.

Machuwire,Chatoka, Ganyo, Durura and Machekanyanga were arrested while attempting to steal from another home seeker using the same modus operandi.

The complainants lost $56 800 and nothing was recovered.

Comments (3)

This story does not sound true at all. Cant wait for the trial date kkkk.

perfect moyo - 29 July 2014

These guyz are finally busted, they must rot in jail. But how can a qualified lawyer be that deceitful? Takatsvedza. Deeds office and national reg teams have serious questions to answers too. How can they produce fake IDs, I would want to believe they are involved them too had a share of $56k. How can Deeds Office produce confidential details to strangers? Surely there is serious scheme work and conspiration here!

TK - 29 July 2014

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