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Teacher jailed for duping Econet

By Gibson Nyikadzino / Published on Monday, 09 Oct 2017 16:27 PM / No Comments / 2269 views

9 October 2017

A MSASA Park woman was last week slapped with a four months jail term for stealing US$400 from Econet Wireless.

Thandiwe Mahachi, 24, a teacher at Queen Elizabeth Junior School, pleaded guilty to theft charges when she appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Dzumbira.

Mahachi, who resides at house No 12 Humba Close, was employed as a Steward Bank agent by Econet Wireless.

The State, led by prosecutor Benjamin Chikerema, proved that Mahachi withdrew money from two fake accounts on September 8, before resigning the following day.

Reconciliations done by Steward Bank showed that the money was not tallying, leading to investigations that revealed Mahachi had stolen the money.

In mitigation Mahachi asked the court for forgiveness.

“I am a teacher at Queen Elizabeth Junior School and I ask for forgiveness since what I did was uncalled for. I hope and pray that you will understand,” she said.

In passing her sentence, magistrate Dzumbira said the accused was remorseful in her error.

“Accused took advantage as someone who had easy access to money. The court should however send a clear message to other would-be offenders,” read Dzumbira.

Mahachi was sentenced to four months in prison which were wholly suspended on condition she restitutes Econet Wireless US$400 before November 14.

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