Two retired soldiers pensions’ were stolen in a well-orchestrated scam involving bank officials and accomplices allegedly linked to the national registry office who provided the necessary identity papers to facilitate the raid of the accounts.
David Mabulelo Honono this week appeared before Harare magistrate facing allegations of defrauding government of $17 450 meant for the soldiers.
Honono (45) allegedly acted in cahoots with Victor Madziko, Pinwel Kamotso, Franklin Tasara and Phillip Phillipo, still at large, to steal the money from Cabs and CBZ banks after acquiring fake passports and national registration certificates.
The state alleges Honono used yet-to-be-established means to acquire information on former civil servants whose pensions were being processed for payment through their bank accounts.
Honono allegedly received information that pension payment for Charles Paradza, a retired warrant officer with the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), and Paul Chikawa, also a retired member of the ZNA, were being processed for payment into their respective CBZ
He allegedly obtained fictitious temporary identification cards for Leonard Parira and attached his pictures on it before opening an account with CBZ Murehwa.
The state alleged Honono waited for the pensioners’ money to be credited into the bank accounts from the pensions office and immediately withdrew the funds using the fake documents.
On July 22, Honono’s colleague, Tasara, allegedly purported to be Paradza and used a fake national ID which he used to withdraw $2 000 from
$10 580 that had been deposited into the account by the pensions office.
Honono allegedly transferred the balance into the fraudulently opened account in the name of Parira and used his fake passport to withdraw $8 450.
The state alleged Honono again connived with Madziko and got information that pension for John Jeremiah
Nyabereka was being processed for payment.
It further alleges Honono went to Cabs First Street branch and misrepresented to the bank teller that he was Nyabereka by producing a fake passport.
Honono allegedly applied for a new ATM card that he used to withdraw $6 800 which he shared with Madzivo.
Honono’s luck ran out when investigations into the mysterious withdrawal of pensioners’ funds were carried out by the police, leading to his arrest.
Provincial magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi remanded Honono in custody after prosecutor Arnold Sandalamu opposed bail.
He was not asked to plead.