Stand fraudster convicted
11 January 2017
THE man who duped the 2015 Bon Marche Live It Up Fiesta competition winner of US$10 000 in a botched residential stand deal has been found guilty.
Charles Hamadziripi was yesterday convicted of conning Sarah Mapfumo of the cash she won in a botched stand deal when he appeared before magistrate Barbra Chimboza.
Hamadziripi will know his fate today when the court sentences him.
He had initially denied the charges but was convicted after full trial.
Circumstances leading to Hamadziripi’s arrest are that on December 17 2015, Sarah came across an advert in the newspaper in which a resident stand in Tynwald was being sold for US$16 000.
She then contacted the person who was selling the stand who said he was named Givemore Chifamba claiming to be the owner of the stand.
On the following day, Sarah met Hamadziripi who also identified himself as Tendai Makoni,-an Estate Agent.
He told Sarah that he was Givemore Chifamba’s nephew before showing her the manufactured title deeds.
They proceeded to Tynwald where Hamadziripi showed Sarah the stand after settling for US$11 900 as purchase price.
On December 21 of the same year, Sarah met Hamadziripi who was in the company of his accomplices who identified themselves as Givemore Chifamba and Marble Chifamba-the owners of the stand.
They then signed an agreement of sale which was alleged to have been prepared by Chifamba and his wife.
They agreed that a deposit of US$10 000 would be paid and the remainder was to be settled in installments.
A bank transfer of US$10 000 was then made into Hamadziripi’s account which was allegedly opened using Givemore Chifamba’s name.
Hamadziripi also handed Sarah a fake Title Deed after being handed proof of payment.
On February 2 last year, Sarah called Hamadziripi with intentions tom pay her monthly installment but failed to get through since his number was no longer in use, a court heard.
All efforts to contact him were said to have yielded nothing which raised Sarah’s suspicion.
She then reportedly went to the Registrar of Deeds to verify the authenticity of the papers she was in possession of.
The court heard that she discovered that they were fake before she took the matter to the police.
Hamadziripi was arrested on October 12 last year after Sarah spotted him strolling in Harare’s CBD.