4 January 2019
A SUSPECTED fraudster has appeared in court answering to charges involving $54 000 withdrawn from his company’s account.
Willmore Tirivacho Chigodora, 27, was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Francis Mapfumo charged with fraud.
It is the State’s case that during the period extending from August 2017 to September 2018, Chigodora acting in connivance with his accomplices hatched a plan to steal from the complainant who in this case is Gatehill Enterprises, where the accused is employed as an operations manager.
Reports are that in pursuit of their plan, they approached various shops such as Transerve and Zimgold, where they would obtain credit notes of goods with inflated prices.
The accused along with his accomplices would receive money for the job they would have done to customers using the company’s vehicles and submit part of the money to the company while the remainder was for personal gains.
The State led by Sabastian Mutizirwa proved that the accused would misrepresent to his employer that they had bought goods at inflated prices while in actual fact they would have paid less.
However, the offence came to light when the company’s chief executive officer, Naboth Gaza, received a tip off about the accused’s actions
As a result, it was discovered that the accused prejudiced the company of US$54 000 and nothing was recovered.
Chigodora was granted $200 bail and the matter was remanded to January 18 for trial commencement.