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Zimpapers pension scam sucks in family members

Zimpapers pension scam sucks in family members

gavelFungai Lupande Court Reporter
Zimbabwe Newspapers Group (Pvt) Ltd former employee Chido Muza allegedly used her mother and brother’s bank accounts to deposit stolen pension fund money.

The mother, Rumba Muza (50), and brother Edwin Tinashe Muza – who is a medical student at the University of Zimbabwe – yesterday appeared in court.

Chido is still on the run.

Rumba Muza and Edwin Muza from New Tafara, Mabvuku in Harare, were remanded to March 30 on $100 bail each.

Mr Mahwe ordered the pair to report every Friday at CID Serious Frauds and to reside at their given address.

The complainant in the matter is the Zimpapers Group represented by its loss control manager, Mr Pattson Katsande.

Prosecutor Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa alleged that in November 2014, Chido connived with her mother and brother to defraud Zimpapers.

Pursuant to their plan, Rumba and Edwin supplied Chido with their bank account numbers.

Chido then manipulated the company’s computerised system and created fictitious pensioners.

It is alleged that she processed payment for the fictitious pensioners and channelled it into her mother and brother’s bank accounts.

The pair later withdrew the money and shared it among themselves.

Chido was retrenched on August 7, 2015 but the offence continued because the pension fund administrator continued to use the flawed payroll.

The offence came to light following an audit which revealed that the company lost $75 373,91. Nothing was recovered.

Last week former Zimpapers Group accountant Nhamo Dongo appeared in court on the same charges.

Dongo (41) of No. 22 Alpes Road, Vainona, allegedly inflated the pension fund payroll with deceased pensioners.

It is alleged that Dongo and Chido identified deceased pensioners in the company computerised system and those on full commutation.

They allegedly reactivated files for deceased pensioners whose files were supposed to be closed and removed from the payroll.

The pair deliberately kept the files active and fraudulently processed payment for deceased pensioners.

Dongo and his accomplice opened bank accounts for friends and relatives where the fraudulent pension payout were deposited.

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