Pensioners lose lump sum pension benefits to fraudsters

By ZBC Reporter

A Harare man, Collin Mangome has appeared in court on allegations of fraud and money laundering after wiping off pensioners benefits.

Mangome will join his three other accomplices who are already in custody for wiping off government pensioners their hard earned money through Identity Theft Fraud.

Allegations are that from 2016 to March this year Mangome joined an organised criminal syndicate where they targeted government pensioners.

The court heard that Mangome would provide information of government pensioners who would have received their lump sum payouts including their names, bank account numbers, National Identification numbers, date of births and their respective banks.

It is further alleged that after identifying their targets mainly those who use CBZ bank, Mangome together with his accomplices in possession of forged National Identification documents and the accused’s photos would then approach mobile services provider Econet agents from smaller towns and do card replacements.

After the card replacement, the victim’s mobile line would then loose network connectivity.
The accused persons fraudulently withdrew money from the victim’s account.

Victims who fell victim to Mangomes tricks include David Gwenya a retired Police officer who lost his pension lump sum payout amounting ZWL160 000 in February this year, Tsitsi Bhekita a retired Prison and Correctional Service Officer who lost ZWL130 000, Malvern Dhunhiki a retired Zimbabwe National Army officer who lost ZWL2 million while Ntombiyolwazi lost ZWL2 million.

Meanwhile Mangome was remanded in custody and will be back in court on the 19th of this month for bail hearing.