Sch­weppes clerks de­fraud com­pany of $177 000

The Manica Post - - Weekender The - Tendai Guku­tikwa Mutare Bureau

TWO Sch­weppes Zim­babwe, Mutare de­pot em­ploy­ees al­legedly stole 28 000 cases of as­sorted Sch­weppes prod­ucts worth $177 000.

Viceroy Moyo (34) and Piniel Zi­wewe (45) were ini­tially re­manded in cus­tody to July 31 when they ap­peared be­fore Mutare mag­is­trate, Mr In­no­cent Bepura last Fri­day. They are be­ing charged with theft as charged in Sec­tion 113 (1)(a) (b) of the Crim­i­nal Law (Cod­i­fi­ca­tion and Re­form) Act, Chap­ter 9:23. The two, who were em­ployed as ware­house clerk and sales clerk were not asked to plead to the charges.

Mutare lawyer, Mr Peter Makombe rep­re­sented Moyo, while Mrs Ndafa Muchan­yara ap­peared for Zi­wewe.

In his bail ap­pli­ca­tion, Mr Makombe stated that it was Moyo’s right to be granted bail since the Con­sti­tu­tion states that one is in­no­cent un­til proven guilty. He fur­ther stated that the State was op­pos­ing bail on friv­o­lous grounds that the mat­ter was a se­ri­ous of­fence and the ac­cused per­sons were a flight risk.

This was after the State had op­posed bail cit­ing the se­ri­ous­ness of the of­fence and how the pair is a flight risk. Bail was set at $300 each. They were how­ever, or­dered to keep re­sid­ing at their given ad­dresses, re­port twice weekly at their near­est po­lice sta­tions and not to in­ter­fere with State wit­nesses.

Pub­lic Prose­cu­tor, Mr Fletcher Karombe, said on June 5, 2017, Sch­weppes Zim­babwe Mutare De­pot’s fi­nance man- ager, Mr Fred Mat­sika dis­cov­ered that the di­rect store de­liv­ery ware­house stock lo­ca­tion had ac­cu­mu­lated a bal­ance of 14 779 cases.

By na­ture of the di­rect store de­liv­ery, a typ­i­cal load al­lo­cated to sales­men does not ex­ceed 608 cases as the load is lim­ited to the car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity of the de­liv­ery trucks. The de­part­ment has only three de­liv­ery trucks and this prompted Mr Mat­sika to alert the sales man­ager, Mr Jes­per Shew­era.

“Upon ask­ing for an ex­pla­na­tion, Mat- sika failed to get a sat­is­fac­tory an­swer from both Moyo and Zi­wewe, prompt­ing the com­pany to as­sign au­di­tors to carry out an au­dit. The au­dit re­vealed that the pair had stolen a to­tal of 28 004 cases of var­i­ous bev­er­ages which were in stock from the ware­house with a to­tal value of $177 307, 76.

“The au­di­tors also es­tab­lished that Zi­wewe who was re­spon­si­ble for in­voic­ing had on sev­eral oc­ca­sions gen­er­ated fic­ti­tious in­voices pur­port­ing that var­i­ous cus­tomers had pur­chased Sch­weppes prod­ucts,” said Mr Karombe.

The court fur­ther heard that Moyo acted in con­nivance with Zi­wewe had used the fic­ti­tious in­voices to fa­cil­i­tate the load­ing out of the prod­ucts to un­known des­ti­na­tions for their per­sonal ben­e­fits.

In or­der to cover up for the of­fence, Moyo al­legedly fraud­u­lently trans­ferred the num­ber of cases of var­i­ous prod­ucts they stole from an­other ware­house to the other he was in charge of in the sys­tem, to give a pic­ture that the prod­ucts were phys­i­cally trans­ferred there.

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