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Kyle Prep card cloner gets 3 years in jail

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Kyle Prep card cloner gets 3 years in jail


Ancilla Gotore


MASVINGO–Regional Magistrate Farai Gwitima has sentenced Fungai Chirisa (39) to three years in jail for cloning a Kyle Preparatory bank card and prejudicing the institution of ZWL$1 355 556.40.

Magistrate Gwitima also suspended seven months which Chirisa has already spend in remand prison awaiting judgment. Six months will be set aside if Chirisa can restitute Kyle Prep ZWL$1 355 556 40. The laptop that Chirisa used to clone the card was forfeited by the State.

Chirisa was sentenced yesterday and he will effectively serve 17 months in jail. Six months were suspended on condition of good behavior.

Chirisa’s alleged accomplice, Arthur Magungamoyo, is still at large.

It was the State case that between May 10 and 12, 2022 Kyle Prep lost ZWL$1 355 556. 40 after their e-card was cloned. On May 10, the card was given to the school matron, Lucy Mukono by the Bursar, Edfani Singadi to purchase groceries for the school.

She swiped for cheese worth ZWL$13 699-14 at TM Pick ‘n Pay and went back to school where she handed over back the card to Singadi.

At 4pm the same day, the card was duplicated and used to swipe goods worthy ZWL$346 779.70 at N Richards, Nyika and ZWL$450 000 at Chingwangwa Shop, Nyika.

On May 12, 2022 the accused duo allegedly swiped ZWL$18 240 at Mutigwe Adoni Hobhouse, ZWL$440 at Chicken Inn in Chitepo, ZWL$357 500 at Mutemi Investment as well as ZWL$ 1 880 at Tembwe Chicken Inn in Mutare.

The case was realised after the card showed insufficient funds when they tried to purchase some supplies. On May 12, Kyle Prep reported the matter.

Police investigations led to the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage at Pick ‘n Pay and detectives observe Chirisa and his accomplice as prime suspects.

The footage showed Magungamoyo taking a video with his phone to capture card information while following closely behind the matron. The accused duo was monitored on the CCTV entering a blue Honda Fit registration number AEI 4979.

The accused were also observed on CCTV at outlets at Nyika and Mutare shop’s CCTV swiping with the duplicate. Chirisa was the one seen producing the duplicate card, entering the pin code on Point Of Sale (POS) machine.

Nothing was recovered.

Chirisa was represented by Joseph Chipangura of Muzenda and Chitsama Attorneys.

Godknows Mugondo prosecuted.

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