Man jailed for de­fraud­ing whole­saler

The Manica Post - - The Weekender - Wim­bainashe Zhakata Week­ender Cor­re­spon­dent

A 48-YEAR-OLD Harare man was sen­tenced to 10 months in jail af­ter be­ing con­victed of de­fraud­ing Metro Peach and Browne Whole­salers of gro­cery worth over $600 us­ing fake Eco­cash trans­ac­tion mes­sages.

Democ­racy Kat­saura, who re­sides at 10173 in Glen­view, Harare, ap­peared be­fore Mutare pro­vin­cial mag­is­trate Mr Tendai Mahwe for con­tra­ven­ing Sec­tion 136 of the Crim­i­nal Law Cod­i­fi­ca­tion and Re­form Act Chap­ter 9:23.

Kat­saura pleaded not guilty, but was con­victed af­ter full trial.

Kat­saura was fined $300 or six months in prison.

Two months were fur­ther sus­pended on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour. The other four months were sus­pended on con­di­tion that he resti­tutes $607 to Metro Peach and Browne.

Pros­e­cu­tor Mr Brian Goto told the court that Kat­saura pur­chased brown sugar, rice, cook­ing oil, ci­garettes, peanut but­ter and cof­fee on Au­gust 12, 2018.

“Us­ing an old Eco­cash trans­fer con­fir­ma­tion mes­sage, he mis­rep­re­sented the trans­ac­tion code claim­ing that it was a pay­ment for goods pur­chased. Metro Peach and Browne Mutare raised an in­voice for goods worth $607, re­flect­ing the amount of goods charged,” said Mr Goto.

Us­ing the same modus operandi, Kat­saura de­frauded the whole­saler of goods worth $759 on Au­gust 25, 2018.

“On Au­gust 25, the ac­cused once again mis­rep­re­sented an Eco­cash trans­ac­tion at Metro Peach and Browne Mutare and act­ing upon the mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion, Metro Peach raised an­other in­voice for goods worth $759,” he said.

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