Duo up for $33 000 fraud
22 November 2017
Two Harare men were arrested and brought to court yesterday for allegedly defrauding a 24-year-old businessman of $33 000.
Themba Dzamwarira, 42, and Tafadzwa Mukanganwi, 22, had told Tinashe Sigauke they would give him $20 000 in cash if he had transferred $35 000 in one of their accounts.
Sigauke allegedly transferred $35000.
The duo was not asked to plead when they appeared before Harare magistrate Gideon Ruvetsa.
They were granted $200 bail each and the matter was deferred to January 10, 2018 for trial commencement.
The State represented by Sebastian Mutizirwa alleged that on November 13, Dzamwaira was discussing with Sigauke’s mother about selling a service station on cash terms.
The complainant overheard Dzamwaira indicating to his mother that he had access to cash and he got interested.
On November 14, Sigauke contacted Dzamwaira on his mobile phone and stated that he had $20 000 in his CBZ bank account and was in need of cash.
In response, Dzamwaira indicated that Mukanganwi and the third accused person still at large had the capacity to give Sigauke cash on condition that he deposited an extra charge of 75 percent on the said $20 000 to make a total of $35 000.
Sigauke then agreed to the condition.
On November 16, Dzamwaira ordered Sigauke to make a bank transfer of $33 000 into an FBC bank account and $2 000 into Stewart bank account for him to receive cash of $20 000.
Futher allegations are that, on the same date the complainant transferred the money to the respective bank accounts.
Soon after receiving the money, the three accused persons were now evasive and out of reach on their mobile phones.
Sigauke managed to get hold of Dzamwaira who then transferred back $2 000 into his bank account.
Several efforts were made by Sigauke to recover his money but all was in vain prompting him to report the matter to the Police.
As a result Sigauke suffered a prejudice of $33 000.