$70 000 fraud probe at United Re­finer­ies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Feature/national News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

PO­LICE in Bu­l­awayo are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a fraud case in­volv­ing two United Re­finer­ies Lim­ited (URL) em­ploy­ees who have since been sus­pended for al­legedly de­fraud­ing the com­pany of $70 000.

The two were sus­pended last month to pave way for in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Pre­cious Si­mango con­firmed re­ceiv­ing a re­port on the mat­ter say­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions were in progress. The two sus­pects were not im­me­di­ately named. “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a fraud case in­volv­ing two em­ploy­ees sus­pected to have de­frauded URL of $70 000. We have not yet ar­rested the two but in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way,” said Insp Si­mango.

She said she could not re­veal fur­ther in­for­ma­tion as that would com­pro­mise in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

A source close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tions said the duo cre­ated a brief­case com­pany which they al­legedly used to siphon the com­pany’s re­sources.

“It seems part of their du­ties was to ap­prove ten­ders for the sup­ply of ma­te­ri­als to the com­pany. In­stead of con­tract­ing com­pa­nies to pro­vide the ma­te­ri­als, they cre­ated a brief­case com­pany to sup­ply the re­quired ma­te­ri­als and in­flated the prices.

“They in­flated the prices of ma­te­ri­als sup­plied by their brief­case com­pany thereby prej­u­dic­ing URL. This re­sulted in the com­pany in­sti­tut­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions lead­ing to their sus­pen­sion,” said the source.—@ nqot­shili

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