Articles tagged 'fraud'

Zimra officials up for abuse of duty 10 May 2016 HARARE - Two Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) employees based at Mutare and Beitbridge boarder posts, who cashed in on undervaluing imported motor vehicles and swindled their employer of $200 000 collectively, appeared in court yesterday. Moses Jemedze, 36, a revenue officer at Beitbridge Bo...
Official up for taking Mugabe scholarship bribe 25 April 2016 HARARE - A senior executive assistant in the Presidential Scholarship Department has appeared in court charged with demanding bribes from applicants. Tafadzwa Mafuwu, 35, of Mabelreign, who reports to the director of the Presidential Scholarship Department, was jointly charged with Paidamoyo M...
Businessman in court on $700k fraud charges 21 April 2016 MUTARE - A Mutare businessman accused of fraud and forgery worth $700 000 appeared in court yesterday. Kuziwa Peter Kanyenze appeared before magistrate Tracy Muzondo. He allegedly forged an affidavit claiming that he had only been loaned and advanced $50 000 instead of $700 000. Kanyenze...
Witness vanishes in $500k fraud case 15 April 2016 HARARE - An auditor who allegedly unearthed misuse of over $500 000 by Roman Catholic employees who are in charge of donor funds is frustrating the State as he cannot be located to testify during trial. Cornelius Hamadziripi, 49, Dadirayi Nyamasuka, 34, and Wonder Mufunda, 40, were subsequentl...
Mandiwanzira sucked into NetOne wrangles 18 February 2016 HARARE - Information Communication Technology (ICT) minister Supa Mandiwanzira has been mired in NetOne's boardroom squabbles amid revelations that he had “irregularly hired” a South African consultancy Megawatt Energy (Private) Limited (Megawatt) to audit the mobile company's procurement syst...
Fengu wants $2k restitution writ suspended 1 December 2015 HARARE - Notorious Zanu PF activist Fidelis Fengu wants a $2 000 writ of restitution suspended pending his court appeal. Fengu was jailed for 12 months for masquerading as an immigration director and extorting $2 000 from a Chinese man after forging a letter for the foreign national who wanted a...
Dinha's extortion case deferred 20 October 2015 HARARE - The minister of State for Mashonaland Central Martin Dinha's lawyer Tapson Dzvetero has accused the State of attempting to ambush him in a case in which his client is accused of soliciting $60 000 from a white commercial farmer. Dinha's trial was supposed to begin yesterday before Hig...
$8k fraud case: Shereni granted leave to appeal 12 August 2015 HARARE - The Magistrates' Court has granted former Warriors defender Harlington Shereni leave to appeal in the Constitutional Court (Con-Court) against an $8 000 fraud case. Shereni appealed against a magistrate court's decision to produce telephone and e-mail conversations that he had with th...
Shereni seeks Con-Court referral 4 August 2015 HARARE - Former Warriors defender Harlington Shereni yesterday applied for his $8 000 fraud case to be referred to the Constitutional Court (Con-Court). He is accused of disappearing without settling an $8 000 bill for his failed testimonial match. Shereni is officially being charged with “mak...
Good job, Mildred Chiri 21 July 2015 EDITOR — I take my hat off to the Auditor General Mildred Chiri for her commendable work that truly defines her as a genuine patriotic Zimbabwean. She has been at the forefront of exposing huge cases of corruption, financial mismanagement and other underhand dealings involving top government o...
Ex-Air Zim boss bail bid rejected 11 July 2015 HARARE - High Court judge Owen Tagu has denied bail to jailed former Air Zimbabwe boss Peter Chikumba after ruling that he was a flight risk and that he had no prospects of success on appeal. Chikumba is serving an effective seven-year prison term together with former Air Zimbabwe legal secret...
Jailed ex-Air Zim boss optimistic 4 July 2015 HARARE - Jailed former Air Zimbabwe boss, Peter Chikumba, has high prospects of succeeding in his bail application pending appeal, his lawyer Admire Rubaya has said. Rubaya claimed his client's accomplice Grace Pfumbidzayi was a dangerous witness who implicated Chikumba in the Air Zimbabwe fra...
Judge recuses self from Chikumba's bail hearing 30 June 2015 HARARE - High Court judge Garainesu Mawadze has recused himself from hearing a bail application filed by jailed former Air Zimbabwe boss Peter Chikumba, who is challenging his conviction and seven-year prison term. Mawadze said he had handled the matter before when Chikumba and his co-accused ...
Time to act on Chiri's reports 30 June 2015 LONDON - No society is perfect. Even the strident critics of Zimbabwe under the Zanu PF regime do not and cannot claim infallibility. America, Britain, Australia, Canada — you name them, are imperfect in all spheres of life, political or social. In the US, we can retreat as far as the Water...
Jailed ex-Air Zim boss seeks bail 23 June 2015 HARARE - Jailed former Air Zimbabwe boss Peter Chikumba has filed an application for bail. Harare regional magistrate Fadzai Mtombeni initially jailed Chikumba and Grace Pfumbidzayi for 10 years each. She went on to suspend three years on condition of good behaviour after convicting the two on...
Thieving accountant escapes jail 21 June 2015 HARARE - An accountant with the ministry of Energy and Power Development who forged travelling and subsistence allowances will perform 315 hours of community service. Silas Gwakwakwa, 31, was convicted on fraud charges on his own plea by Harare magistrate Takunda Mutetwa. Mutetwa sentenced ...
Ex-Air Zim boss' bail bid opposed 28 April 2015 HARARE - Jailed former Air Zimbabwe legal secretary Grace Pfumbidzayi's bail application has been vigorously opposed by the State on the grounds that she was a flight risk. Pfumbidzayi was sentenced to an effective seven years in jail together with former Air Zimbabwe chief executive Peter Chi...
Jailed Chikumba, Pfumbidzayi seek bail 22 April 2015 HARARE - Jailed former Air Zimbabwe boss Peter Chikumba, has filed an appeal challenging his conviction and sentence in the High Court, and has attacked Harare magistrate Fadzai Mtombeni's ruling, claiming the magistrate erred at law. Chikumba was jailed for an effective seven years together w...
New twist to Angel's Bentley saga 24 March 2015 HARARE - Spirit Embassy founder Uebert Angel's Bentley saga has taken a new twist after his accessory Anderson Tagara — who was fined $4 000 — allegedly appealed against the ruling, claiming he was wrongly convicted. Tagara, through his lawyers from Mutamangira and Associates on Friday filed a...
$700k Finance ministry scam — More suspects seek bail 18 March 2015 HARARE - Two more suspects believed to be part of a syndicate that swindled the Finance ministry of $700 000 have applied for bail at the High Court. Christopher Kumisai, 35 and Felix Rimaunga, 32, who were represented by Lewis Uriri, yesterday told High Court Judge Chinembiri Bhunu that they ...
Signwriter jailed 4 years inFinance ministry's $700k swindle 12 March 2015 HARARE - A 64-year-old sign writer who forged signatures on documents that were used to swindle the Finance ministry of $700 000 was yesterday jailed for four years. Misheck Gideon Zharu of 24012 Eastview, Caledonia in Harare, was initially sentenced to five years in prison for “forgery” by ma...
More suspects in dock over Finance ministry swindle 4 March 2015 HARARE - Two Finance ministry employees and their eight accomplices, who were on the run following allegations of swindling the government of $700 000, appeared at the magistrates' courts yesterday. Brian Nyazamba, 34, and Thomas Mawoyo, 35, employed as accountants in the ministry and their ac...
Angel's lawyer excused from testifying 28 February 2015 HARARE - Spirit Embassy Ministries founder Uebert Angel's lawyer Wellington Pasipanodya was yesterday excused from testifying in the ongoing $300 000 fraud trial of Anderson Tagara. Tagara is accused of being an accessory to the cleric in a suspected $300 000 scam involving a Bentley continent...
Finance ministry swindled of $700k 24 February 2015 HARARE - Four Finance ministry employees have been hauled before the Harare Magistrates' Courts after they reportedly swindled government of over $700 000. Varaidzo Margret Chirahwi, 32, who is the ministry's senior economist, Jacob Forgive Mlambo, 30, an accountant, Stanley Zharare, 40, deput...
Uebert Angel fled vehicle fraud, court told 18 February 2015 HARARE - Spirit Embassy founder Uebert Angel fled the country after realising that his fraudulent acquisition and sale of a $300 000 worth Bentley Continental sedan had been uncovered, a magistrate heard yesterday. This was revealed during the trial of Anderson Tagara, 35, of Zengeza 1 Chitung...