Fake money gang ap­pears in court

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

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.

— @tan­nytkay

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