|5 clerks, cop swindle city of US$30 000|
|Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:45|
FIVE City of Harare clerks and a municipal policeman allegedly swindled council of US$30 000.
Clerks Tapera Mugadza (30), Anselm Midzi (57), Martin Alexander (61), Teneyi Kureya (24) and Mugauri Sanderson (30) are jointly charged with Lovemore Kambeu (33) on a fraud charge.
They were not asked to plead to the charge when they appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Anita Tshuma.
They were granted US$100 apiece and remanded to July 10.
According to the State, the clerks were responsible for banking cash received from treasury department.
Prosecutor Mr David Magwegwe alleges that on June 19, the five received US$39 718 with a deposit slip, which had been completed by Tsomba, who is also a clerk.
They were then assigned to do banking at Kingdom Bank, Harare central cash depot in Msasa.
The six, acting in connivance with Kambeu, allegedly hatched a plan to defraud council and they created a fraudulent deposit slip with the same serial number as the original one.
They allegedly inserted an amount of US$9 718 purporting that the deposit slip had been completed and signed by Tsomba and they went on to bank US$9 178 instead of US$39 718.
They shared US$30 000.
It is the State’s case that after banking the money, the six raised another fictitious Kingdom Bank deposit slip purporting as if they had deposited US$39 718.
The accused went on to date stamp the slip with a counterfeit Kingdom Bank date stamp before surrendering it to council’s finance department.
It is further alleged that the six also completed a City of Harare Kingdom Daily Banking sheet where they endorsed that they had banked US$39 718. Midzi, Kambeu and Alexander signed the document and as proof of the banking transaction.
The offence came to light on June 22 during banking reconciliation leading to the arrest of the six.