Con-woman up for $21k fraud

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By Court Reporter

A 30-year-old old Harare woman was on Friday taken to court on allegations of duping a business woman of nearly US$21 000 in a botched deal.

Tariro Jo’Anna Dzidzai Manunure was hauled before Harare magistrate, Rumbidzai Mugwagwa facing fraud charges.

She was freed on $300 bail and will be back in court on May 24.

The complainant in this case is Sigtreg Trading Private being represented by one of its directors Charity Maturure.

It is State’s case that on May 19, 2019, the complainant visited Cabs Bank at Chitungwiza Town Centre, to submit swift/telegraphic transfer application form in which she wanted to make a payment of ZAR368 964 to a South African company Vumba InterTrade via Standard Bank for the purchase of 34 tonnes of hard drawn wire.

“The complainant then met Manunure who received the application and informed him that she was going to phone him when the application had been processed and approved.

“On the following day Manunure phoned the complaint and indicated that she has an uncle in South Africa who wanted foreign currency to use for construction purposes here in Zimbabwe but was having a problem to move the foreign currency from South Africa,” read court papers.

Manunure said her uncle would pay for the hard-drawn wire and give proof of payment to the complaint.

On March 21, Manunure tendered a proof of payment to complaint purportedly from First National Bank South Africa allegedly proving payment to Vumba via Standard bank

The court heard that the complaint was deceived by the misrepresentation and gave Manunure US$21 875 cash believing that his supplier had been paid.

The complaint contracted Survival Hardware transporting company and tasked them to pick the purchased materials from South Africa.

When the transporter arrived at Vumba in South Africa he learnt that the proof of payment supplied by Manunure was fake as no payment had been made.

Complaint approached the accused who promised to sort out the problem with her uncle and make another payment with a British bank and forward proof.

Once again Manunure allegedly supplied another proof of payment from Barclays Bank of London to the complaint’s supplier in London.

Complaint checked with the supplier for confirmation only to be told that the proof of payment was also fake.

As a result, the company was prejudiced of US$21 875 and nothing has been recovered.

Moses Mapanga prosecuted.