ZWL$170 Ecocash fraud sends man to jail

By ZBC Reporter
A HWANGE man’s habitual criminal activities which saw him commit acts of fraud through fake money transfers has been sentenced to an effective six months in prison. No crime is too small to attract the wrath of the law as Freedom Moyo of Hwange has learnt. Using a fake EcoCash confirmation code, Moyo committed five acts of fraud. His victim was Emthonjeni Mini Supermarket where he would present fake EcoCash confirmation codes and get goods equivalent to the amounts. Magistrate Ailene Munamathi sentenced the cunning Moyo to 16 months imprisonment, of which eight were suspended on condition he does not commit a similar offence in the next five years. A further two months were suspended on condition he restitutes the complainant the sum of 170 dollars.
In another incident of Ecocash fraud, two EcoCash fraudsters were brought before the courts in Gwanda early this month after they allegedly bought groceries from a local supermarket in Gwanda using a fake EcoCash message. Elvis Muzhona (26) of Blanket Mine and Tanzwisisa Svesvetsai (30) of Vumbachikwe Mine went to Cooland Supermarket and bought goods worth $215 and showed the till operator a fake EcoCash message purporting to have paid.
The offence came to light when Svesvetsai went back to the supermarket and tried to buy more goods using the fake EcoCash message but the till operator noticed that it had been edited. In October last year, a group of fraudsters in Victoria Falls was also arrested for buying goods using fake EcoCash confirmation messages to fool retailers and buy alcohol.