Tendai Rupapa Senior Court Reporter
Police are keen to question Spirit Embassy Ministries founder Prophet Uebert Angel Mudzanire on allegations that he defrauded a Harare man of his vehicle, a Bentley worth $300 000.
Angel is said to have connived with his brother Benjamin and Anderson Tagara to allegedly defraud Mr Ndabazinengi Shava, the director of Faith Age Holdings Zimbabwe.
This was revealed following the arrest of Tagara (35) who appeared in court yesterday before Mr Milton Serima charged with two counts of fraud.
According to the State, Angel who is still at large, is the main perpetrator of the case.
Benjamin, who is said to be Angel’s accomplice, is also still at large.
Tagara was remanded to February 17 for trial on $200 bail.
Law officer Mr Editor Mavuto from the Prosecutor-General’s office appeared for the State, while Mr Tapiwa Makanza of Nyamayaro Makanza and Bakasa legal practice, acted on behalf of Tagara.
It is the State’s case that sometime in February 2012, Shava intended to import a motor vehicle, a Bentley from the United Kingdom.
Shava, the court heard, contracted his long time friend Tagara to buy the vehicle on his behalf and the two entered into a verbal agreement.
During the same year in March, the State alleged that Shava gave Tagara $240 000.
Tagara advised Shava to send the money through Centrust Pvt Ltd, a company run by Willard Kafalimani.
Tagara, it is alleged, collected the money from Kafalimani and imported the said vehicle which he registered in his name.
He later handed over the vehicle and the registration documents to Shava, the court heard.
Sometime in 2013, Shava, the State further alleged, lost his vehicle to Prophet Uebert Angel through fraudulent means.
Between May and October 2013, Tagara acting in common purpose with the man of cloth signed a fake agreement of sale to the effect that Benjamin had bought the said vehicle from Tagara for $76 000.
Benjamin is said to have taken the fake documents to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, the police and the Central Vehicle Registry and acting on the misrepresentation, the Central Vehicle Registry registered the motor vehicle in Eubert Angel’s name.
Shava discovered the offence and filed a report to the police against the trio.
Police detectives started conducting investigations and on December 16 last year, they recovered the fake agreement of sale.
As a result, Shava suffered a total prejudice of $300 000.