Chivhu – A Chivhu man was making brisk business charging members of the public US$5 for fake travel exemption letters issued under Delta Beverages logo.
Tatenda Mabara (29) of 109 Ephraim Blank street, Chivhu earned himself a seven months jail term after his illegal business was busted by the Police recently.
The letters were to enable people to travel under the covid19 lockdown.
Magistrate Henry Sande suspended three months of the sentence for 3 years and the remaining 4 months on condition Mabara performs 140 hours community service at Chivhu Magistrate court.
He pleaded guilty as charged.
The State said in January 2021, ZRP Chivhu Police intelligence received a tip off to effect that Mabara was producing fraudulent travel letters bearing Delta Beverages logo. He used his HP Compaq desktop computer to do this.
Police set up and called the accused pretending that one of the officers Magomo Mind wanted an exemption letter.
Mabara asked for the full details of the person requiring the letter and he was given.
On the same day at around 10am, Mabara forged the exemption letter with Delta Beverages logo and forwarded the soft copy to Joyline Mukoka a member of the Police Intelligence unaware that she was a police officer. He then invited her to bring the US$5 behind Chapter One Bottle Store.
He went to Chapter One and met Thomas Mashingaidze, a member a ZRP member who pretended to be Magomo Mind. He was given R100 in exchange of exemption letters with Delta beverage logo.
Mabara was arrested on the spot and was escorted to his residence where Police recovered his computer with several other soft copies of fake exemption letters for Jonathan Chamunorwa, Adventure Mukuchura, Hebert Kupara, Steven Makweche, Phillip Mazire and Robert Matarutse.
Mike Choto prosecuted