Man­ager swin­dles Sim­bisa of $95k

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Tanaka Mrewa Court Reporter

A MAN­AGER at Sim­bisa Hold­ings has been ar­rested for al­legedly swin­dling the com­pany of more than $95 000. The com­pany runs for­mer Innscor fast food out­lets. A court in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day heard how Trust Machaka (40) stole the money be­tween July last year and July this year.

Machaka was ar­raigned be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Miss Eve­lyn Mashavakure fac­ing 13 counts of theft. He was not asked to plead and re­manded to Oc­to­ber 11 on $300 bail.

Machaka was or­dered to re­port at Hill­side po­lice sta­tion ev­ery Mon­day and Fri­day as part of his bail con­di­tions. Mr Nkat­hazo Dlodlo for the State told the court that Machaka stole $95 533.91.

“The ac­cused per­son would re­ceive turnovers made by all the shops, Pizza Inn, Bak­ers Inn, Creamy Inn, Chicken Inn, Mr Baker, Steers and Nando’s.

“His re­spon­si­bil­ity was to de­posit the money into the com­pany’s ac­count. Each month he would un­der-bank the amounts,” said Mr Dlodlo.

“In July last year ac­cused per­son took $2 956, in Au­gust $16 243, Septem­ber $15 412, Oc­to­ber $11 912, Novem­ber $ 9 901, De­cem­ber $9 901.

“In Jan­uary this year he stole $7 003, Fe­bru­ary $1 343, March $8 594, April $2 114, May $7 922, June $5 049 and July $11 126.”

He said the com­pany’s fi­nance man­ager, Mr Lifa Ncube, dis­cov­ered the short­falls while ver­i­fy­ing the banking fig­ures on Septem­ber 9, lead­ing to Machaka’s ar­rest. — @tan­nytkay

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