Suspected fraudsters appear in court

By Fungai Jachi

FOUR suspected fraudsters who allegedly swindled pensioners of ZW$15 million in a pension scam have appeared in court facing charges of fraud.

The four – Molyn Mugodi, Kirthmore Magqoka, Joseph Sigauke and John Tevera – were denied bail when they appeared in court this Monday.

The quartet is accused of fraudulently creating fake national identity cards to steal ZW$15 million from at least nine pensioners.

Allegations are that the accused persons targeted pensioners who received lump sum payouts through CBZ Bank.

 It is further alleged that the syndicate used the money to buy foreign currency on the black market, groceries and building materials for re-sale before sharing the proceeds.

In another case, the duo of 65-year-old Charles Mpofu and Naster Mbanje who allegedly pretended to be land officers before duping unsuspecting land seekers of their hard earned cash have appeared in court facing charges of fraud.

It is alleged that the pair moved around collecting money from desperate land seekers promising to give them pieces of land in Banket.

The matter was reported to the police when the pair became evasive and failed to allocate the land in question.

Meanwhile, the trial of Zimbabwe Miners Federation President, Henrietta Rushwaya who is accused of bribing a Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe employee with US$5 000 to go through a security check point without being searched has opened at the Harare Magistrate’s Court.

Rushwaya, who is denying allegations of trying to smuggle gold out of the country, has applied for discharge, arguing that the State has failed to prove its case as the two witnesses noted that they were not bribed.

The court is expected to rule on the matter on the first of August.