28 February 2019
A BULAWAYO man was yesterday dragged to court for allegedly stealing $2 million from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority after hacking their online payment system.
Manase Manjovha was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.
Prosecuting, Sabastian Mutizirwa told the court that sometime in April last year, Manjovha and his accomplice Stephen Moreka, who has already appeared in court fraudulently opened three bank accounts with POSB bank.
The accounts were in the names of one Talent Mandebvu of Mhondoro and two corporate accounts named Limpstone Investments and Del Computers Pvt Ltd.
On May 4, the duo remotely accessed the ZIMRA Paynet server and uploaded three files into the Paynet Systems with a total value of US$2 385 073 without due authority and cleared all server logs to cover the trail.
The unauthorised payments had been directed to various accounts including the ones the duo had fraudulently created namely $137 112 to DEL Computers, $347 075 to Limpstone Investments.
The interference with the ZIMRA Paynet server prompted their ICT security manager Ebraihim Makunyanga to lodge a report with the police.
In the second count, Manjovha was arrested at the American Embassy in January misrepresenting that he was Sean Chiyangwa and upon verifying the particulars it was established that he had acquired fake ids and travel documents.
Further verifications established that the accused had been red flagged on the Interpol wanted database of CID Kwekwe leading to his arrest.
The State opposed bail and the matter continues today for bail ruling.