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Chirumhanzu RDC loses US$500 to fraudsters

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Chirumhanzu RDC loses US$500 to fraudsters


Theresa Zibowa

MVUMA—Magistrate Constance Mutandwa has postponed a fraud and forgery trial involving two men who defrauded Chirumhanzu Rural District Council (CRDC) over US$500.
The trial of Kudzayi Regis Mubaya (22) and Bernard Dakati (30) will continue next week. Mubaya worked as a council intern.
The duo allegedly committed their first crime on October 3, 2023.
Circumstances are that they wrote a fake receipt (Receipt number 10440) for ZWL$2,800 000 that they gave to Josiah Zindoga. They told Zindoga that they had paid for his stand allocation.
Zindoga gave the duo US$400, the equivalent of ZWL$ 2 800 000. He took the receipt to update his account at the council office. The receipt was denied as fake. Zindoga returned it to the duo who gave him US$400.
In another incident, Mubaya and Dakati gave a forged receipt to Elizabeth Chidori. She gave the duo US$80, the equivalent of the ZWL$480 000 they alleged to have paid her water and sewer bill to the council.
The receipts had serial numbers 10512, 10513, 10514 and 10515. Dakati took the receipts to the Mushayavhudzi Sub office, Mvuma. Mabaya updated her account.
ZRP Mvuma Police officers received a tip-off and investigated the duo. Counterfeit receipts were recovered and produced as evidence in court.
Takudzwa Mutyavaviri prosecuted.  

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