Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
The State yesterday made an application seeking to withdraw the bail consent against the woman who made headlines for a US$400k fraud after revelations that she has previous convictions.
Prosecutor Michael Reza made the application before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi after he refused to accept the consent to grant the suspect Eustina Charambira bail as she had failed to produce tittle deeds worth US$50 000.
Charambira was convicted of fraud on July 2 and was sentenced to 12 months in prison which were wholly suspended on condition that she restitutes the complainant of US$19 400 before December 30 this year.
The circumstances are that sometime in October 2020, Charambira was approached by the complainant Erasmus Chimbumu who wanted to buy mining chemicals after he was referred by one of his suppliers.
Charambira told Chimbumu that she had a company which buys mining chemicals from United Kingdom and ship them to Durban South Africa, that where would collect them to Zimbabwe. It is alleged that Chimbumu told Charambira that he only has RTGS Dollars for payment of mining chemicals and she said she wanted the mining chemicals to be paid in United States Dollars or South African Rand.
The court heard that the following day the Charambira called Chimbumu and told him that he could send the RTGS Dollar to her various suppliers so that she can get US Dollars using black market rate and he agreed.
From the period of October 2020 to December 2020, it is alleged that he sent RTGS Dollar into various accounts of Charambira’s suppliers.
Chimbumu was told to expect his mining chemicals in January 2021 but when he asked for the goods at the end of January 2021, he was advised that the money had been stolen.
Chimbumu made a police report and Charambira made an undertaking to pay back the money by April 2021.
Chimbumu asked Charambira about his stuff (mining chemicals) and she said she did not get money from him but she was expecting US$1 000 000 from an investor from United Kingdom and that the US$1 000 000 deal was involving President Mnangagwa and Army Generals.
She further demanded US$100 000 from Chimbumu to hire a private jet from United Kingdom to Zimbabwe so that the she could reimburse him of his money when that US$1 000 000 arrives in Zimbabwe.
He sent US$50 000 to her through a friend and later on it was established that there was no investor who was brought by Charambira to Zimbabwe and it was also established through investigations that she lied that the money was stolen a certain guy in Chitungwiza.
By her actions, Chimbumu has been prejudiced his amount of USD$488 000 and nothing was recovered.
Lancelot Mutsokoti appeared for the State.