Bankers jailed for stealing

Two FBC Bank Limited employees were convicted of stealing $4,000 from the pension fund and were sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Giveus Clement and Charlotte Makumbe were convicted on their own plea of guilty by Magistrate Learnmore Mapiye.

Clement was employed as a messenger-cum-driver by the bank and his duties included transporting staff and mail. Makumbe was employed as a back office clerk. Her duties included processing transfers, cheque clearance, payment of bills and filing.

It is the state’s case that on August 4 this year, the pair was at work when they saw that an account owned by Paul Ephraim Nkomo, who last made withdrawals when the Zimbabwe dollar was still in use, was still receiving monthly deposits. The pair connived to withdraw the client’s money.

Clement completed an application form for an FBC ATM card and allegedly endorsed Nkomo’s particulars and forged his signature.

He forwarded the application form to Makumbe, who processed it and forwarded it for card production. The card came out on August 20 and it is the State’s case that the pair retrieved the PIN number and Makumbe took possession of the ATM card.

Between August 20 and 26, the pair withdrew $4, 290, which they shared. Their actions were monitored and recorded on the FBC Bank Limited CCTV. The bank discovered the offence when Nkomo went to the bank to withdraw his pension money leading to their arrest.

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