An Israeli national lost more than $730 000 to his fellow countryman who convinced him he could help secure chrome mining claims in Zimbabwe.
The suspect, Zobar Pablo, was arrested on Tuesday after the complainant made a report.
Inspector Augustine Zimbili, spokesperson of the criminal Investigations Department, said investigations were still in progress, declining to give further details.
Impeccable sources said sometime in 2008 the suspect convinced Moshe Dvir of Blend (Private) Limited that he was well- connected in Zimbabwe and could help him secure chrome mining claims in the Midlands Province.
He promised to secure up to 20 chrome claims for him besides attracting foreign investors using his alleged connections in government circles. “He said he wanted $685 000 for the mining claims.
Pablo also requested a further $50 000 after convincing the complainant that he could help him acquire a washing plant.
He was given the money in South Africa sometime in 2008 but failed to deliver,” said the source.
Dvir has been trying to recover the money but has failed to do so resulting in him reporting the matter to the police in July. Pablo, who is still in police custody, is facing fraud charges.