Harare City swindle

Five City of Harare clerks and a municipal policeman allegedly swindled the council of $30,000.

Clerks Tapera Mugadza, 30, Anselm Midzi, 57, Martin Alexander, 61, Teneyi Kureya, 24, and Mugauri Sanderson, 30, are jointly charged with Lovemore Kambeu, 33, on a fraud charge.

They were not asked to plead when they appeared before Harare magistrate Anita Tshuma.

According to the State, the clerks were responsible for banking cash received from the treasury department. On June 19, the five received $39,718 with a deposit slip, which had been completed by Tsomba, who is also a clerk.

They were then assigned to do banking at Kingdom Bank, Harare central cash depot in Msasa.

The six, acting in connivance with Kambeu, allegedly hatched a plan to defraud the council and they created a fraudulent deposit slip with the same serial number as the original one.

They allegedly inserted an amount of $9,718 purporting that the deposit slip had been completed and signed by Tsomba and they went on to bank $9,718 instead of $39,718. They shared the $30,000.

After banking the money, the six raised another fictitious Kingdom Bank deposit slip stating they had deposited $39,718.

The accused went on to date stamp the slip with a counterfeit Kingdom Bank date stamp before surrendering it to council’s finance department.

It is further alleged that the six also completed a City of Harare Kingdom Daily Banking sheet where they endorsed that they had banked $39,718. Midzi, Kambeu and Alexander signed the document as proof of the banking transaction.

The offence came to light on June 22 during banking reconciliation leading to the arrest of the six.

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