Tyre service firm loses ZWL8.6 million to employee

By Fungai Jachi

A 24-year-old man who allegedly duped his employer of more than ZWL8 million Zimbabwe in botched transactions has appeared in court facing charges of fraud.

Tinotenda Vera, who was employed as a debt collector by the National Tyre Service allegedly forged invoices for paying suppliers before depositing the money into his personal account.

The suspect, who appeared in court this Wednesday, was remanded in custody pending trial on a date yet to be advised.

The court heard that on several occasions, Vera deposited funds into his account after misrepresenting that he was paying creditors.

The matter came to light after an audit was conducted.

In another case, Taurai Chivhunga aged 35 and 32- year-old Elisha Banda were arraigned before the courts on charges of fraud after they allegedly duped a land seeker of US$115 thousand.

It is alleged that the pair entered into a deal with the complainant claiming that they would provide 20 hectares of commercial land in exchange of vehicles.

The court heard that the complainant honoured the deal by providing the vehicles but the accused gave the complainant fake title deeds.

The complainant later realised the land was owned by Chitungwiza Town Council.

Meanwhile, 33-year-old Hermysh Katsande, Caleb Mashinga aged 37 and Elvis Wasara (38) have appeared in court for allegedly duping a home-seeker of US$15 thousand.

It is alleged that the trio misrepresented to the complainant that they had a house for sale before giving the complainant fake title deeds after pocketing US$15 thousand.