Pair up for $14k fraud charge

HARARE - Two former Toyota Zimbabwe (Toyota) employees have been dragged to court facing fraud charges after they reportedly diverted a $14 000 payment for vehicle spares to their personal accounts.

Alouis Kadonzvo, who resides in Eastlea, Harare, appeared before magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa and was remanded out of custody to February 22 pending finalisation of the matter.

The 45-year-old was formerly employed by Toyota as a parts manager.

His accomplice, Claudious Katiyo, who was employed as a filing clerk, appeared in court on December 17, last year, over similar allegations.

As part of bail conditions, Kadonzvo was ordered to continue residing at his present address and not to interfere with State witnesses.

The complainant is Toyota, represented by its risk manager, Ranganai Chigovera.

Prosecutor, Peter Kachirika, alleged that on September 5, last year, Tiff Investments purchased various motor spares from Toyota.

The court heard that Kadonzvo and Katiyo connived and instructed the cashiers that Tiff Investments had paid for spares valued $14 848, adding that the money had been deposited into Toyota’s bank account.

It was further alleged that Toyota then delivered the spares to Tiff Investments, convinced that payment had been made through a bank deposit.

Kadonzvo and Katiyo had also instructed the cashiers to generate receipts indicating that $14 848 had been paid by Tiff Investments.

An audit was carried out and revealed that Tiff Investments had not deposited the money into Toyota’s account but was rather instructed by Kadonzvo and Katiyo to deposit the amount into a bank account belonging to one of the accused persons.

Kadonzvo and Katiyo then shared the money among themselves prejudicing Toyota of $14 848.

Nothing was recovered.

They were subsequently arrested.

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