Nurse, boyfriend ‘tar­get pa­tients for in­sur­ance fraud’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Mid­lands Bureau Chief

Pa­trick Chi­tumba A 30-YEAR-OLD nurse and her 48-year-old boyfriend have been ar­rested for al­legedly us­ing pa­tients ad­mit­ted to Kwekwe Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal to de­fraud an in­sur­ance com­pany.

Renica Chak­ab­va­pasi and God­win Takarwa Mug­wangi both from Kwekwe ap­peared be­fore Kwekwe Mag­is­trate, Mr Ngoni Nduna, fac­ing fraud charges. They were not asked to plead and were re­manded in cus­tody to to­day for bail con­sid­er­a­tion.

The court heard that Chak­ab­va­pasi and Mug­wangi de­frauded Old Mu­tual Life As­sur­ance Com­pany of Zim­babwe Lim­ited of thou­sands of dol­lars in a cash back life as­sur­ance plans scam.

Pros­e­cu­tor, Mr Sime­leni Nkala, told the court that the two were girl­friend and boyfriend.

He said in May the two de­frauded Old Mu­tual Life As­sur­ance Com­pany Zim­babwe Lim­ited, with Chak­ab­va­pasi in the course of her duty, iden­ti­fy­ing some ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients ad­mit­ted to Kwekwe Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal to use to swin­dle the com­pany.

“Ac­cused num­ber two (Chak­ab­va­pasi) would iden­tify some ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients ad­mit­ted to Kwekwe Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and se­cretly ob­tain their par­tic­u­lars which she would sup­ply to her boyfriend Mug­wangi who would use them to open cash back in­sur­ance poli­cies with­out the knowl­edge of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

The court heard that some­time in May, Chak­ab­va­pasi ob­tained par­tic­u­lars of a pa­tient who was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal.

“Mug­wangi claimed that he was a cousin of the pa­tient when in fact they are not re­lated at all,” the court heard.

Mr Nkala said on Septem­ber 6, the pa­tient died and Chak­ab­va­pasi quickly fa­cil­i­tated the ac­qui­si­tion of a burial or­der which he in turn handed over to Mug­wangi who claimed $5 000 from the in­sur­ance com­pany.— @pchi­tumba1.

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