Ex-BCC ac­coun­tant wanted for $100k stands swin­dle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili

PO­LICE are look­ing for a for­mer Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil ac­coun­tant for allegedly swin­dling home seek­ers of $108 000 in a bo­gus res­i­den­tial stands scheme.

Freddy Nd­a­bal­ime Dube (42) allegedly mis­rep­re­sented to home seek­ers that he was sell­ing res­i­den­tial stands, but failed to de­liver af­ter be­ing paid.

Act­ing Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube said Dube com­mit­ted the crimes be­tween Jan­uary 2014 and June this year.

“He mis­rep­re­sented to com­plainants that he had res­i­den­tial stands that he was sell­ing in the west­ern sub­urbs. He sold stands, drafted agree­ments of sale and col­lected pay­ments and failed to avail the stands to the com­plainants. The com­plainants were de­frauded of $108 860,” said Asst Insp Ncube.

He said Dube’s vic­tims later re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice but he had long dis­ap­peared.

“The com­plainants later dis­cov­ered that they had been duped and re­ported the cases to the po­lice.

“How­ever, the ac­cused had al­ready dis­ap­peared and his where­abouts are not known,” Asst Insp Ncube said.

“Ef­forts to lo­cate him have been fruit­less hence the ap­peal to any­one with in­for­ma­tion on his where­abouts to con­tact the officer in charge ZRP CID Fraud Squad, Bu­l­awayo De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Sibanda H on cell num­ber 0772372/ 0712915307 or the in­ves­ti­gat­ing officer De­tec­tive A/In­spec­tor Masenda on land­line 09-78446 OR 0772747344/ 0713914946 or our toll free 110 or any nearest po­lice sta­tion.”

Asst Insp Ncube said peo­ple who were de­frauded in the same man­ner by Dube should make a re­port.

In Fe­bru­ary this year, po­lice said 16 peo­ple in Bu­l­awayo lost more than $232 000 to a land baron in a stands scam that saw some in­di­vid­u­als be­ing swin­dled of up to $15 000 each in the fake hous­ing de­vel­op­ment project. Po­lice said a city busi­ness­man Mun­yaradzi Mazenge, a di­rec­tor at Net Seven Real Es­tate, who is on the run, allegedly sold stands to peo­ple on land that did not be­long to him.

Mazenge allegedly sub­di­vided plot 12 in Wills­grove with­out the per­mis­sion of the owner of the land and sold stands to dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

Po­lice said the busi­ness­man allegedly at­tached a fake sub­di­vi­sion per­mit num­ber SDC 05/2015 as if the land was owned by his com­pany and gave it to buy­ers as if the plan was ap­proved.

He allegedly is­sued re­ceipts to his clients and made them pay money in in­stal­ments of up to six months af­ter promis­ing them that the ser­vic­ing of the land would be done within a year.

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