Duo in $12k fraud storm
15 May 2018
A Harare man and woman have been brought before the court for allegedly stealing more than $12 000 from unsuspecting victims using fake RTGS.
The duo of Collins Jongwe and Cecilia Chibanda stood in the dock before Harare magistrate Victoria Mashamba.
They were not asked to plead to fraud charges where they are accused of duping Flooktex Enterprises which is in the business of wool products.
The matter will be back in court today for bail application.
The State, led by Sebastian Mutizirwa, alleges that on April 22, the complainant (Fooktex) advertised their products in The Sunday Mail.
As a result the complainant’s spokesperson received a phone call from Jongwe who identified himself as Mr Peters from Longden Primary School in Mvurwi.
According to the State, during the conversation Jongwe placed an order of 72 bales and promised to make payment via RTGS using CBZ Bank account.
After a while, the complaint’s representative received a phone call from Jongwe indicating that he had transferred $7 400.
On the same day Jongwe approached the complainant’s salesperson in company of an unidentified driver and then produced a fake RTGS before collecting 72 bales.
It is the State’s case that on April 24, Jongwe made another phone call to the complainant’s representative where he identified himself as Mr Mhizha from Beatrice before he placed an order.
On April 27, the complainant discovered that there was no money transferred into their account and even went an extra mile to verify with the local bank.
As a result the complainant lodged a complaint with the police leading to the arrest of Jongwe who then implicated Chibanda.
The police managed to recover three bales at Chibanda’s house.