Duo up for US$100 000 fraud

By Fungai Jachi

TWO men from Marondera who allegedly duped more than 200 people in a vehicle scam involving more than US$100 000 appeared in court this Tuesday charged with fraud.

Innocent Elias (33) and Master Zimucha (37) are allegedly part of a syndicate of fraudsters who lure unsuspecting individuals through Facebook by pretending to be ZIMRA officials who run a vehicle decommissioning scheme responsible for disposing the revenue collector’s fleet.

It is alleged that the syndicate would instruct their victims to deposit money for the cars through Mukuru financial service.

The court heard that they used fake names and would then use forged identity cards to withdraw the money.

In opposing bail, the investigating officer argued that the two are likely to abscond as they are facing a serious offence and it would jeopardise investigations since there are more cases under investigation.

He added that the duo has other cases to answer, hence freeing them on bail will give them an opportunity to abscond.

The pair was remanded in custody to this Wednesday for bail application.

Meanwhile, 31-year-old Lubasi Don Kalaluka will regret the day he invited his 24-year-old girlfriend to his house for a sleep-over after he appeared in court charged with rape.

He was advised to apply for bail at the High Court and is expected back in court on the 31st of this month.

Meanwhile, the trial of ZRP boss Commissioner Erasmus Makodza who is facing criminal abuse of office charges ended this Tuesday, with the judgment set for the 9th of next month.