CHIPINGE – A ZIMRA revenue officer based in Chipinge Todd Chakaunya (33) has been convicted of stealing $478 900 from his employer and was sentenced to two years in jail.
His alleged accomplice and workmate Innocent Shumba (28) pleaded not guilty to the charges.
However, Chakauya who pleaded guilty will not serve any custodial sentence after the magistrate quashed 10 months of the sentence on condition that the accused pays $20 000 fine and 14 months on condition that he fully restitutes the complainant.
He appeared in court on Monday before Chipinge Magistrate Poterai Gwezhira and Gift Bikita prosecuted.
A further 14 months imprisonment was wholly suspended on condition that he restitutes the company of RTGS$478 900 on or before September 15.
Shumba pleaded not guilty and further investigations will be conducted.
Chakaunya who was represented by Tsungisai Madzivaidze of Gonese and Ndlovu legal practitioners had since lost his job.
The two faced 14 counts of fraud after they allegedly stole a Capital Gains Tax Clearance Certificate book from their workplace and issued certificates to 15 Chipinge residents thereby prejudicing ZIMRA of revenue.
They were granted $1 000 bail each in March and Jeffrey Chimeura who is the ZIMRA acting supervisor is a witness in the matter.
People issued with fraudulent tax certificates according to the State are Isaac Vhokoto $3 000, Tinarwo Mudzumwe US$200, Paidamoyo Gwada $30 000, Zachaeus Mlambo US$1 100, Nyasha Sibiya $4 000, Caiphas Hlabati US$2 000, Timothy Peter Sithole $3 000; Munorwei Mudyanembwa RTGS$1 500, Catherine Sithole RTGS$9 000; Joshua Mwanyangadza RTGS$11 000; Abel Gaza RTGS$7 000; Pardon Magoso RTGS$5 000; John Bingepinge RTGS$3 000; Philip Thuso RTGS$4 000 and Mutoza Sithole RTGS$1 399.https://masvingomirror.com