Cop defrauds ZRP canteen
10 November 2017
A Zimbabwe Republic of Police officer attached at the Mabelreign Camp canteen as a bar manager has been arrested for allegedly defrauding his employer of money amounting to $4 058.
Through his lawyer Paul Machiridza, Munyaradzi Siwela, 37, was granted $100 bail by Harare Magistrate Gideon Ruvetsa who did not ask him to plead to the charges.
The matter was remanded to November 11 for trial.
ZRP is represented by its auditor, Grace Tauyanago.
According to the State, Siwela’s duties among others included banking cash and consolidating stocks and sales.
The State led by Linda Gadzikwa alleges that in January 2017 Siwela devised a plan to defraud the organization.
The accused started preparing fictitious bank deposit slips purporting to have duly deposited the money in the complainant’s bank account and converted the money to his own use.
For the period extending from January 30 to October 30, Siwela converted a total of $3 500 after presenting forged cash deposit slips as proof that he had deposited the money.
The offence was discovered on November 2 after a team from PGHQ Finance Section conducted a spot check of accounting books at ZRP Mabelreign canteen.
The State further alleges that, the audit team recovered 12 CBZ deposit slips filed as proof. Upon checking for the deposits against the bank statement they discovered that the supposed deposits were not reflecting on the bank statement they had obtained.
Further scrutiny of the deposit slip, the audit team noticed that the date stamps were inconsistent with the ordinary date stamp they had obtained.
The team also checked stock sheets for the period 28-29 August and 30-31 August and discovered that the point of sale slip references used to acquit stock sheet for period 28-29 August were duplicated to acquit stock sheet of 30-31 August thereby causing prejudice to ZRP Mablereign canteen $59.
On the same date an audit was carried out on stock sheet 122/17 which Siwela had at hand. Instead of him having $637-00 raised from cash sales, empty bottles and containers he was found with $11-00.
Siwela had converted $624-00 for personal use and $448-00 was recovered after he deposited it the following day.
As a result of Siwela’s actions the complainant suffered a total prejudice of $4 127-00 and $448-00 has since been recovered.