Fake of­fer let­ters quar­tet ar­rested

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Mashonaland Central & West News - Bless­ings Chi­dakwa in KADOMA

FOUR men from Mhangura have been ar­rested for mas­querad­ing as Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, al­lo­cat­ing land and is­su­ing fake of­fer let­ters.

The quar­tet - Never Pedz­erai (51), Guya Mushuku (41), Eliot Chi­seva (41) and Tungami­rai Ti­nosekwa (age not given) all from Mhangura - have since ap­peared be­fore the mag­is­trates’ courts in Chin­hoyi. They are fac­ing fraud charges. Chin­hoyi re­gional mag­is­trate Mrs Letwin Rwodzi granted them $500 bail each and or­dered them to re­turn to court on Jan­uary 21.

Prose­cut­ing, Mr Chipupuri Ti­noziva told the court that the four were al­legedly in­volved in dup­ing peo­ple of their money by of­fer­ing them land and is­su­ing them fake of­fer let­ters.

He said the four al­leged fraud­sters mis­rep­re­sented that they were sent by the Min­istry of Lands, Agri­cul­ture, Wa­ter, Cli­mate and Ru­ral Re­set­tle­ment to is­sue of­fer let­ters and al­lo­cate pieces of land.

They al­legedly pro­cessed fake of­fer let­ters which they sold to un­sus­pect­ing land seek­ers.

Mr Ti­noziva said po­lice also re­cov­ered a num­ber of fake of­fer let­ters in­tended to be dis­trib­uted to “new” ben­e­fi­cia­ries as well as min­utes of the meet­ings held by the sus­pected fraud­sters.

The pros­e­cu­tor said the four were charg­ing amounts vary­ing be­tween $80 to $210 depend­ing on the size of land, while a num­ber of peo­ple could have lost their money.

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