A HARARE trio landed in the dock yesterday to answer fraud charges.
They allegedly defrauded a fuel broker of over $14 million in a botched deal.
The trio of Nyasha Musasa, Noel Chinyuku and Elfigio Murwira appeared before Harare magistrate, Yeukai Dzuda, who placed them on remand.
The complainant is Blessing Chironga, who is employed at Sunbee Motors, in Eastlea, Harare.
The court heard that in March this year, Chironga was looking for fuel for his sister’s company and was referred by his friend, Ofer Sivan, to one Tafadzwa, who is still at large.
Tafadzwa misrepresented to Chironga that he could facilitate the supply of fuel at a reasonable price.
Chironga required a total of 37 500 litres of diesel and was charged $14 600 000 for the product.
The trio, together with Aaron Chigumbura, who is still at large, supplied BancABC Southerton Branch account number, 52401495502019, to Chironga.
The account is registered in the name of Rannott Enterprises and belongs to Chinyuku.
On March 14, Chironga deposited $14 600 000 into Chinyuku’s account.
In the second count, the State alleges that on March 15, Chinyuku misrepresented that the money had not reflected in his bank account.
Chironga made efforts to recall the money and found out Chinyuku had already transferred the money from his account and several other accounts, which include that of Misheck Gatsi.
Tafadzwa later fled the country and the complainant realised he had been duped and no fuel was delivered.
Chironga suffered an actual prejudice of $14 600 000.
Anesu Chirenje appeared for the State.