An­other top lawyer up for fraud

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda Se­nior Court Re­porter

A TOP Bu­l­awayo lawyer, Brighton Ndove, al­legedly con­nived with an uniden­ti­fied ac­com­plice us­ing a fake iden­tify card and forged ti­tle deeds to sell a res­i­den­tial stand for $16 000 with­out the owner’s knowl­edge.

Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mr Ti­nashe Tashaya heard this when Ndove of Burn­side sub­urb ap­peared be­fore him fac­ing fraud charges.

Ndove, who is a se­nior part­ner at Ndove, Museta and Part­ners law firm in the city, al­legedly con­nived with an ac­com­plice who claimed to be Sikhany­isiwe Phiri to de­fraud the com­plainant of his money.

He was re­manded out of cus­tody to Novem­ber 3 on $100 bail fol­low­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion by his lawyer, Mr Ml­weli­wenku­l­uleko Ncube of Ndove, Museta and Part­ners.

The State did not op­pose bail, al­though it had pro­posed bail of $250 which the mag­is­trate re­duced.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Miss Leanne Nkomo said on Jan­uary 16 last year, Ms Si­man­gal­iso Muringi and Mr Ed­mund Makonese went to Ndove’s of­fices where the ac­cused per­son in­tro­duced Mr Ne­gion Ma­ja­hana Moyo to a woman they said was Sikhany­isiwe Phiri, the reg­is­tered “owner” of a res­i­den­tial stand which was on sale.

She said Ndove al­legedly told Mr Moyo that Phiri was his long time client.

Phiri was in pos­ses­sion of a fake na­tional iden­tity card, reg­is­tra­tion num­ber 66-295251-L-66, the court heard.

Miss Nkomo said the un­sus­pect­ing Mr Moyo was hood­winked into be­liev­ing that it was a gen­uine deal and out of trust, he paid Ndove $16 000 for the stand.

She said Ndove al­legedly pro­cessed the change of own­er­ship us­ing forged doc­u­ments.

“The ac­tual value of the stand was $30 000,” said Miss Nkomo.

On re­al­is­ing that he had been duped, Mr Moyo re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice lead­ing to the ar­rest of Ndove.

Ndove was found in pos­ses­sion of fake ti­tle deeds and the fake iden­tity card in the name of Phiri.

Ear­lier this month, an­other Bu­l­awayo lawyer, Rus­sell Dzete, was hauled be­fore the courts for al­legedly gang­ing up with three ac­com­plices to sell a house in a fraud­u­lent deal.

They al­legedly forged ti­tle deeds which they used to sell a house in the city’s leafy Sub­urb res­i­den­tial area for $50 500 with­out the owner’s knowl­edge.

They al­legedly placed an ad­vert in a lo­cal news­pa­per pur­port­ing to be the own­ers of the prop­erty and put it up for sale.

The gang al­legedly pro­duced fake deeds of trans­fer and the un­sus­pect­ing com­plainant fell prey to the fraud­sters and signed a mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment of sale. The com­plainant trans­ferred $50 500 into the law firm’s trust ac­count.

Last year an­other prom­i­nent lawyer with the now de­funct Cheda and Part­ners Law firm in Bu­l­awayo, Mla­muli Ncube and three ac­com­plices, al­legedly forged pow­ers of at­tor­ney and used them to sell two houses in the leafy sub­urbs of Burn­side and For­tunes Gate for $75 000.

Ncube is now on the run af­ter com­mit­ting a series of fraud cases.

Vice-Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa has said the Gov­ern­ment is wor­ried about an in­crease in bo­gus and un­scrupu­lous lawyers who are de­fraud­ing the pub­lic.

The VP, who over­sees the Jus­tice, Le­gal and Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs Min­istry, said the Gov­ern­ment had noted wor­ry­ing reports of peo­ple who have lost money and prop­er­ties to rogue lawyers. — @ mash­nets.

Brighton Ndove

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