Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
A Warren Park duo landed in the dock over the weekend following their alleged involvement in money laundering involving over US$10k.
Bertha Gadaga and Tizirai Bleassing Mudarikwa were not asked to plead when they appeared before Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje who remanded them in custody to today for bail consideration.
Mudarikwa is son to Gadaga’s sister.
The court heard that on October 20, Gadaga opened a BancABC prepaid account and deposited US$5 into the account.
On October 23, US$10 000 was deposited into her account and the source of the funds is still not clear and she failed to disclose the source and the next day, US$6443 was withdrawn at an ATM in Ivory Coast.
On the same day, BancABC was alerted by VISA International that there were suspicious transactions which were effected using Gadaga’s Visa card in Ivory Coast and when she was called by the bank’s security officer, she confirmed that she knew about the transaction but couldn’t give a satisfactory explanation of the source of funds.
On November 3, a police report was made and when Gadaga was arrested, she implicated Mudarikwa and said he was in possession of the card at the time the transactions were made and he also failed to properly account for the source of the money which was deposited into Gadaga’s account.
Of the US$10 000 deposited into Gadaga’s account, only US$3556 was recovered through suspending the account.
Mudarikwa also appeared by himself facing the same charge.
It is alleged that he opened a similar account at BancABC and US$10 000 was deposited into the account and US$4316 was withdrawn in Ivory Coast.
Mudarikwa failed to give a satisfactory response on the source of the funds leading to his arrest.
Lancelot Mutsokoti appeared for the State.