Shop boss in $19 000 EcoCash fraud

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/feature - Non­sikelelo Moyo Chron­i­cle Re­porter

A MAN­AGER at a store in Lu­pane has ap­peared in court for al­legedly swin­dling the shop of more than $19 000 paid by EcoCash clients.

The court heard that Za­palala Lu­pane su­per­mar­ket act­ing man­ager Vic­tor Tendaishe Sibanda (25) con­verted money trans­acted by EcoCash clients at the shop to his own use.

Sibanda, who re­sides at 272 Bar­bour­fields sub­urb in Bu­l­awayo, was not asked to plead to fraud charges when he ap­peared be­fore Lu­pane res­i­dent mag­is­trate Mr Ndumo Ma­suku on Mon­day. He was re­manded in cus­tody to Oc­to­ber 23. Prose­cut­ing, Mr Dou­glas Kanyemba said the of­fence was com­mit­ted last month. “Dur­ing the pe­riod ex­tend­ing from 5 Septem­ber to 29 Septem­ber, the ac­cused who was the cus­to­dian of the branch EcoCash mer­chant fa­cil­ity was sup­posed to re­ceive the money and trans­fer it to Za­palala head­quar­ters, but he con­verted it to his own use,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

The court was told that on dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions Sibanda trans­ferred the money meant for the su­per­mar­ket to Grala Tours EcoCash agent in Lu­pane.

He then in­structed an em­ployee at Grala Tours to trans­fer the money to his EcoCash ac­count thereby de­fraud­ing the shop of a to­tal of $19 365.—@non­sy_m.

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