Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
THE woman who reportedly planned to defraud funds from war veterans by generating fraudulent invoices was yesterday denied bail.
The suspect Rufaro Chipepete who initially appeared in court last Friday was back in court yesterday where the presiding magistrate Dennis Mangosi denied her bail ruling that she was a flight risk and if granted bail was likely to free the jurisdiction of the court.
Allegations are that in June 2019, Mupepete planned to defraud the funds of the War Veterans and fraudulently generated Washington Hills High School invoices and used them to apply for the school fees of her kids.
She allegedly misrepresented to the war veterans’ accounts department that her two children paid US$11 500 for their Cambridge examination fees and the department paid US$11 5000 into Washington Group of Schools bank account.
It is alleged that after the money was deposited Mupepete threatened the school accountant to reimburse the money into her personal bank account and she allegedly benefited from the money.
It is further alleged that in January 2021, Mupepete corruptly and fraudulently generated fictitious invoices with a total amount of $35 000 and forwarded the invoice to War Veterans head office claiming the invoice was for her other child’s school fees which was then deposited in January.
It is the State’s case that the child was deregistered from the school as the Mupepete failed to pay her school fees.
The invoice she allegedly manufactured claimed it was for school fees yet the child was no longer a student at Washington Hills High.
Allegations are that when Mupepete knew that the War Veterans Department had deposited the money into the school’s bank account, she went there and directed the school accountant to reimburse it into her bank account.
The school reportedly indicated that they would send the money back to the War Veterans account not to her personal account.
It is alleged that she insisted and the school made her fill a requisition form and also alerted the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission leading to her arrest.
She was remanded to appear in court on August 11.
Lancelot Mutsokoti appeared for the State.