Teacher de­frauds fu­neral as­sur­ance com­pany

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Fair­ness Moy­ana

A TEACHER at Hwange High school was lucky to escape jail af­ter he changed the date of his un­cle’s death and tried to claim $5 000 from a fu­neral as­sur­ance com­pany.

Mkhu­l­uli Moyo, a court heard, signed up for an Old Mu­tual Fu­neral cash plan pol­icy through its Hwange branch agent, Stan­dard Char­tered Bank on 29 Fe­bru­ary this year.

The pol­icy, which also cov­ered his un­cle, Never Ncube, had a fu­neral ben­e­fit claim of $5 000 which had a wait­ing pe­riod of three months be­fore ma­tu­rity.

His un­cle died be­fore the end of the pe­riod and Moyo al­tered the date of death to make a claim.

An apolo­getic Moyo who pleaded guilty to fraud told pro­vin­cial mag­is­trate, Ms Rose Dube that he wanted to use the $5 000 to pay for his tu­ition as he was study­ing towards a Masters’ de­gree in Math­e­mat­ics.

She slapped him with a 12 month pri­son term be­fore con­di­tion­ally sus­pend­ing four months for three years. She sus­pended the re­main­ing eight months on con­di­tion Moyo per­forms 280 hours of com­mu­nity School.

“I wanted the money to take care of my fam­ily and to fur­ther my ed­u­ca­tion.

“I apol­o­gise. I was very wrong and I pray that this court may be le­nient with me as I’m the bread win­ner. I’m also tak­ing care of my el­derly mother,” pleaded Moyo.

Prose­cut­ing, Ms Love­ness Maseko said the pol­icy’s wait­ing pe­riod was sup­posed to ex­pire on 31 May 2016.

She said on 13 July Moyo made a claim of $5 000 in­di­cat­ing that his un­cle had died on 30 May.

“Be­fore the money could be re­leased, Tawanda Marenga, a foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tor dis­cov­ered an anom­aly with the date of death that Moyo had en­tered in his claim forms,” said the prose­cu­tor.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions es­tab­lished that a po­lice re­port recorded at Lu­bimbi po­lice base in­di­cated that Ncube had died on 20 April and not 30 May as al­luded to by Moyo. This meant that de­ceased had died be­fore his fu­neral pol­icy was ma­ture hence was not el­i­gi­ble for the pay­out.”

She said an Old Mu­tual rep­re­sen­ta­tive re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice cit­ing po­ten­tial prej­u­dice as Moyo had faked his un­cle’s death date. ser­vice at Chilisa Sec­ondary

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