12 February 2018
Four people appeared in court for allegedly swindling a local company of US$30 000 after misrepresenting that they are employed by Total Zimbabwe and they could supply fuel in bulk.
Eunice Chiwingira, 53, Luckmore Matuku, 27, Tendai Mutumbi, 41, and Rex Muneri, 67, reportedly took advantage of the recent fuel shortages in the country and misrepresented to Giles Jairos, the managing director of Lapster Logistics before duping him of US$30 000 after promising to deliver fuel.
The four were not asked to plead to fraud charges when they appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.
The matter was remanded to today for bail application.
Allegations are that sometime in September, the four accused persons taking advantage of the fuel shortages in the country hatched a plan to defraud prospective fuel buyers.
During the same month, Chiwiringa and Matuku informed Francis Nyika who is employed by Lapster Logistics that they had the capacity to supply fuel in bulk.
On September 27, Jairos was looking for fuel to buy and was referred to Chiwiringa and Matuku.
The complainant approached the two and they informed him that they were Total Zimbabwe employees.
It is said the complainant placed an order of 23 000 liters of fuel and was charged US$30 000.
The pair instructed him to transfer the money into Muneri’s bank account purporting it was a Total Zimbabwe bank account.
Reports are that Jairos approached his friend Bruce Black for financial assistance and Black made a transfer into the said bank account.
He reportedly noticed that the account’s name was not Total Zimbabwe as purported by the accused persons.
They enquired why the account had a different name and Matuku promised to rectify the anomaly.
The quartet allegedly failed to supply the fuel as promised and became evasive.
Jairos lodged a complaint with the police leading to the arrest of the four.