|Woman ‘kills’ 3 kids to obtain grant|
|Monday, 16 July 2012 10:54|
A 48-year-old woman from Redcliff has been arraigned before the courts in Gweru facing charges of fraud after she allegedly faked the deaths of her three children in order to receive funeral grants totalling US$2 250.
The accused, Gladys Bvunzawabaya, who is employed by the Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, Redcliff offices, obtained US$750 cash on each of the three occasions she told First Mutual Life Assurance that her child had died.
Bvunzawabaya was remanded to today on US$150 bail. For the State, Mr Michael Mhene told the court that on November 26, 2011, the accused hatched a plan and processed a counterfeit death certificate that helped her falsify the death of her first-born son, Travis.
The court heard that cash amounting to US$750 was processed and given to Bvunzawabaya before she converted the money to her own use.
On July 2, 2012, Bvunzawabaya used the same method and approached First Mutual Life this time after faking the death of her daughter, Shamiso.
Mr Mhene said First Mutual Life, Kwekwe branch manager, Mr Hamprey Chengeta later became suspicious about the rate at which Bvunzawabaya was claiming funeral grants.