Fake money gang appears in court
A GANG of four has been arraigned for trying to deposit $2 700 in fake notes into three bank accounts in Bulawayo.
Mgcini Dube (36) of Pumula South, Thobani Moyo (39) of Mpopoma, Ngonidzashe Mpofu (42) of Gwabalanda and Mthokozisi Mhlanga (24) of Nkulumane pleaded not guilty to possession of fake money before Bulawayo magistrate Miss Evelyn Mashavakure.
The quartet’s lawyer, Prince Butshe of Mathonsi-Ncube Legal Chambers won them $50 bail each.
The magistrate remanded them to October 27 for provision of a trial date.
Prosecuting, Mr Taurai Hondoyemoto told the court that Mpofu and Mhlanga approached a teller at the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ) intending to make three deposits.
“$700 was to be deposited into Rishon Kabaya’s account. Deposits of $1 000 were to be made into Hopewell Zambuko and Mandlenkosi Moyo’s accounts respectively. The bank teller noticed the notes were fake. She alerted her manager, Gift Muzonzini. He then notified the police leading to the arrest of the duo,” said Mr Hondoyemoto.
He said further investigations led to Mpofu implicating Moyo. Moyo implicated Dube.
In their warned and cautioned statements, Dube who is a malayitsha said a client asked him to give the money to Mandlenkosi Moyo in Beitbridge.
Dube alleges that he got to Beitbridge late so he proceeded with the money to Bulawayo. He later called Moyo who asked him to deposit the money into his account.
Dube goes on to allege that he asked Moyo (Thobani) to deposit the money on his behalf because he had to return to South Africa.
Moyo alleged that he was busy at work so he asked his uncle Mpofu to make the deposits on his behalf. Mpofu asked Mhlanga to accompany him to the bank.
All members of the gang allege that they did not realise that the money was fake.