CHIPINGE – A bursar at Chikore High School in Chipinge has been given a jail sentence of six months after he was found guilty of defrauding his employer of US$845, R9 100 and RTGS$5 000.
Chikore is a United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe (UCCZ) run school.
Great-Joy Nyasha Dumbu (31) was convicted of 10 counts of theft of trust property by Chipinge Provincial Magistrate Elizabeth Hanzi.
The money was school fees paid by O and A level students.
Hanzi suspended three months of the sentence for five years on condition that accused does not within that period commit any offence involving dishonesty for which upon conviction he will be sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine.
The remaining three months were wholly suspended on condition that the accused restitutes complainant the sum of RTGS $39 518 by November 30, this year.
Chikore High was represented by the head Stellar Mudiwa.
Timothy Katsande told the court that on September 27, 28 and October 6 this year, the accused was on duty receipting and reconciling fees payments for Form 6 and 4 students who had opened school for examinations.
Instead of depositing the money into the school EcoCash account 0778701198 biller code 35581, the accused converted the money to his personal use and issued students with receipts and not deposited in the school account.
On October 12, the head and the SDC discovered the anomaly.
The school authority questioned the accused person and he reimbursed RTGS$ 5 000 to the school. The case was then referred to the Police and the accused was arrested on November 9