Fined for fake certificate
13 February 2018
AN INSURANCE agent has been fined US$100 for forging an Ordinary Level certificate to secure employment at First Mutual in 2006.
Abigail Mhizha, 45, initially pleaded not guilty when she appeared before Josephine Sande charged with presenting a forged certificate to a prospective employer with intent to gain employment.
She was convicted after a full trial.
During mitigation, Mhizha revealed that after getting employed by First Mutual, she worked hard and was also acknowledged with awards.
She also said her husband left her and she was the one looking after the children including one who is disabled.
Presiding magistrate, Josephine Sande advised Mhizha to re-write her ordinary levels subjects instead of using fraudulent certificates.
Mhizha was then fined US$100 or 30 days imprisonment.
In addition, she was also sentenced to three months imprisonment which were wholly suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour.
The State proved that on October 26 2006, Mhizha allegedly submitted an “O” Level certificate number Z1173-354 to First Mutual Holdings Limited to secure employment as an insurance agent.
The vacancy required candidates to have at least five “O” Level passes with Grade C or better.
Mhizha got the job and she worked for First Mutual for 11 years knowing that the said certificate tendered was fake.
The court heard that during Mhizha’s tenure of office, the human resources department queried the authenticity of her qualifications and asked her to resubmit her certificates.
Mhizha submitted the certificate which was in her name and it was forwarded to ZIMSEC for authentication.
ZIMSEC said Mhizha’s certificate was fake and that it belonged to Musarara Takawira who had not even passed the examinations.
The matter was reported to the police, leading to Mhizha’s arrest