Bond notes fraudster arrested
7 December 2017
A 28-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly duping a Harare man $8 630 bond notes.
Owen Pfende reportedly promised to give Bornface Mudzingwa cash after purchasing groceries using his ATM card.
Pfende was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Josephine Sande charged with fraud.
He was granted US$100 bail and the matter was remanded to January 9, 2018.
The complainant in this matter is Linsa Investments Private Limited being represented by Bornface Mudzingwa.
The state, represented by Sabastian Mutizirwa alleges that sometime in November Pfende hatched a plan to steal from the complainant.
In pursuant to his plan, on November 15, he reportedly phoned the complainant and misrepresented that he had some United States of American dollars in hard currency.
He reportedly told him that he would exchange with the complainant provided he purchases groceries for his client using an ATM card.
The complainant who was desperately in need of cash agreed to purchase the groceries valued at $8 630 bond notes at a wholesale in Tynwald.
The complainant gave the goods to the accused for delivery at Linsa Investments Pvt Ltd located along Mbuya Nehanda Street and promised to give him the equivalence of US$4 700 in hard currency.
When Pfende went away he became evasive and this prompted the complainant to make a report at the police leading to his arrest.