CHIREDZI – Byron Mugari (37), a former employee of a leading housing development company Shine Plus has been arraigned before the courts for allegedly defrauding clients of substantial amounts of money.
Mugari of Mamoyo Crescent in Mucheke Masvingo appeared before Magistrate Simbarashe Gundani facing forgery charges.
It is in the state case that Mugari who was employed by Shine Plus Housing Development Trust Company from 2009 up until 2019 and on an unknown date but in 2020 had a misunderstanding with his former clients who were asking for the receipts of the money they paid to the accused person.
Mugari is said to have printed a receipt book with Shine Plus logo and issued out receipts to the complainants.
A tip off that the accused was using a fake company receipt book was received leading to his arrest and recovery of the fake receipt book.
One of the complainants is Esnathi Gwisai, a teacher at Emobeni Primary school Chiredzi.
Gwisai in October 2019 had a debit order query and she went to file a complainant at Shine Plus where she met the accused who asked her to deposit money into his Ecocash account so that he could facilitate the smooth flow of the debit orders.
She deposited RTGS$3 000 RTGs into Mugari’s account number which was allegedly converted into personal use. She was never assisted and she filed a report with the Police leading to Mugari’s arrest.
In another count Tambudzai Forichi, a female teacher at Nandi Primary School was supposed to be issued with a residential stand. She asked for an offer letter so that she could start developing her residential stand and Mugari allegedly asked her to deposit RTGS3 300-00 into his Ecocash account. Mugari never assisted the complainant and the money was allegedly put to personal use. A Police report was made.
On count 4, Jenifer Muchini (33) of Chiredzi who is employed as a Canteen keeper at National Railways Zimbabwe was allegedly lured by the accused to pay for a stand.
She allegedly deposited US$3 870 into Mugari’s Mukuru account and RTGS$13 000. Muchini was later alerted by Shine Plus managers that her money had not reached the company and advised to make a Police report.
On count 5, Mugari on March 4, 2021 made a misrepresentation to Vongai Mangena that Shine Plus was going to offer the complainant a residential stand and he was paid RTGS$500.
Sometime in March 2021 Mugari allegedly made a similar misrepresentation to Arthur Nyadete and received some money from the complainant.
Mugari is denying all the charges.