Home­seeker loses $16 000 to house fraud­sters

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tanaka Mrewa

A WOMAN from Em­gan­wini sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo al­legedly took ad­van­tage of a des­per­ate home seeker and pro­duced fake doc­u­ments to sell a Mat­sheumh­lope stand, de­fraud­ing the buyer of $16 000.

Si­man­gal­iso Muringi pleaded not guilty to fraud be­fore Bu­l­awayo Mag­is­trate Miss Eve­lyn Mashavakure on Fri­day.

She was re­manded in cus­tody to Oc­to­ber 25 for trial.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Miss Leean Nkomo told the court that Muringi con­nived with Ed­mond Makonese, who is al­ready in cus­tody for the same of­fence.

“Ac­cused was ap­proached by Ne­gion Ma­ja­hana Moyo and Memo Shirto who wanted to buy a stand in Bu­l­awayo. Ac­cused and Makonese es­corted the po­ten­tial buy­ers to stand num­ber 189 Mat­sheumh­lope. The stand be­longs to Sikhany­isiwe Phiri based in South Africa. They promised to avail the reg­is­tered owner. On Jan­uary 16 this year, they in­tro­duced a cer­tain lady whom they pur­ported to be Phiri. She was in pos­ses­sion of a fake na­tional iden­tity card reg­is­tra­tion num­ber 66-295253-L-66,” said Miss Nkomo.

“By means of this mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion, Moyo paid a to­tal of $16 000 for the forged doc­u­ments thereby caus­ing the com­plainant to suf­fer an ac­tual prej­u­dice of $30 000 be­ing the to­tal value of the stand.”

Early this month, Act­ing Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Garikai Chip­funde warned mem­bers of the pub­lic to de­sist from buy­ing prop­er­ties with­out full in­for­ma­tion of the own­ers of the houses or stands.

Asst Insp Chip­funde said it was wor­ry­ing that mem­bers of the pub­lic were do­ing busi­ness trans­ac­tions in­volv­ing the pur­chase of houses on the streets or with peo­ple they have no back­ground about. “Mem­bers of the pub­lic are strongly en­cour­aged to ap­proach the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties and seek ver­i­fi­ca­tion from the city coun­cil hous­ing depart­ment, the de­ceased es­tate sec­tion at Tred­gold Mag­is­trate Court or at Mas­ter of High Court for clar­i­fi­ca­tion on any build­ing or prop­erty that they in­tend to buy,” said Asst Insp Chip­funde.— @tan­nytkay.

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