Petrol at­ten­dant ‘steals’ $10 000 via card fraud

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Codelia Mon­dela

A PETROL at­ten­dant em­ployed at an En­gen Ser­vice Sta­tion in Bu­l­awayo al­legedly de­frauded a di­rec­tor at a lo­cal com­pany of nearly $10 000 af­ter cloning his ATM card and con­duct­ing sev­eral unau­tho­rised trans­ac­tions.

Onias Nkuzuwalela (36) of North End sub­urb ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Ms Glad­more Mushove fac­ing theft and fraud charges.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was re­manded out of cus­tody to Oc­to­ber 27 pend­ing trial. Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Ku­dak­washe Jar­avaza said the com­plainant, Mr Vun­ganayi Mu­vun­gani, who is a di­rec­tor at Re­cep­tive In­vest­ments gave Nkuzuwalela his Stew­ard Bank ATM card so that he could swipe for fuel for clients who had cash and re­tain the money for him.

The court heard that Nkuzuwalela used the ATM card, but never gave the com­pany di­rec­tor any money. The court heard that on July 27, Nkuzuwalela trans­ferred $1 275 to one Mr Du­misani Mh­langa, a man­ager at a lo­cal shop.

Af­ter two weeks, the ac­cused per­son went to an elec­tri­cal shop in Gweru where he pur­chased a home the­atre sys­tem worth $1 490 us­ing the com­plainant’s bank card.

“On Au­gust 12, Nkuzuwalela, through swip­ing, bought a home the­atre worth $1 490 be­fore pro­ceed­ing to Zuva and Sakunda ser­vice sta­tions, Mid­lands Spar, Value CT Gweru and Food Mart Gweru where he con­ducted trans­ac­tions worth $493,” said Mr Jar­avaza.

Two days later, Nkuzuwalela re­turned Mr Mu­vun­gani’s ATM card, telling him that there was in­suf­fi­cient funds in his ac­count. On Au­gust 14, the com­plainant gave one Prince Chavu­raya, who is Nkuzuwalela’s work­mate an­other ATM card is­sued to him by FBC Bank.

He al­legedly told him that he wanted cash and re­quested that the petrol at­ten­dant should use it to swipe for peo­ple who had cash and keep the money for him.

The court heard that Nkuzuwalela took the ATM card from Chavu­raya and repli­cated it and used it to buy gro­ceries and other items which in­cluded an LG home the­atre sys­tem and two tele­vi­sion sets all val­ued at $6 094.

Mr Mu­vun­gani went to the bank on the same day and dis­cov­ered that his money had been used. He re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice, lead­ing to Nkuzuwalela’s ar­rest.

Re­cently, Bu­l­awayo po­lice warned mem­bers of the pub­lic from leav­ing their cards with bank tell­ers, till op­er­a­tors or any other per­son in the hope of be­ing as­sisted in with­draw­ing money. They said crim­i­nal el­e­ments take ad­van­tage of such sit­u­a­tions to make copies of the cards, con­tain­ing data that is sim­i­lar to the orig­i­nal, which they use to make pur­chases or cash with­drawals.— @Mon­de­laC

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