Harare Hospital defrauded

HARARE - Harare Central Hospital has been left questioning its payment system after it unsuspectingly transferred $4 950 at the order of a forged instruction letter purportedly written by a supplier.

The accused, Nicholas Mjanja, was granted $100 bail when he appeared before Harare magistrate Gideon Ruvetsa.

It is the State’s case that sometime in June 2011, the hospital requested pharmaceutical products valued at $2 250 from Laryscope Health Care, which the company supplied in the same month.

On June 28 2011, the accused, acting in connivance with Gift Ziyambe and Albert Chisema, who are still at large, and Colle Malambo who has appeared in court, forged a letter purportedly from Laryscope Health Care instructing the hospital to transfer payment into Ballstring investments Metropolitan Bank in a given account number.

The hospital, acting on the misrepresentation, went on to transfer the funds into the given account.

Mjanja went on to withdraw $2 520 and shared it with Ziyambe, Chisema and Makuyana.

On the second count, Mjanja is said to have used the same modus operandi to dupe the hospital of $2 700 after the health institution had been supplied goods by Laryscope Health Care.

The offence came to light when Laryscope Health Care made a follow up on the debt and discovered that payment was made to one Ballstring Investments’ Metropolitan bank.

The matter was reported to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and investigations were carried out leading to Mjanja’s arrest.

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