A director of a car sales in Harare, Sydney Meki, appeared before the magistrates’ court on charges of allegedly swindling 18 prospective car owners of $93 371.
Meki (34), of Rampshed Motors, allegedly advertised in local newspapers that he imported vehicles from Japan resulting in responses from several prospective buyers.
Prosecutor Sarah Bosha said sometime in March this year, several people responded to the advertisement and were invited to Rampshed premises.
While at the company the complainants and Meki allegedly entered into agreements of sale through Meki’s salespersons Sekai Chifura and Yvonne Magaya.
The 18 complainants were made to deposit various amounts of money into the Rampshed Motors bank account and were issued with receipts acknowledging the payments, the state alleged.
Meki allegedly promised each complainant that the purchased vehicles would be delivered within a period of three weeks from the date of payment.
But the 18 victims have been visiting Meki’s company to get the promised vehicles between April and August last month without success after the expiration of the agreed dates.
The state said the victims have failed to get the vehicles as agreed.
Among those allegedly prejudiced are Chiyedza Primary School that lost $12 000, Jefta Moyo ($9 420) and one individual identified in court only as S. Mhangachena ($10 500).
The others allegedly lost amounts ranging from $2 000 upwards.
In his bail application Meki’s lawyer, Fred Machokoto, said his client was innocent.
The lawyer said the police should not have charged Meki but his company.
Provincial magistrate Olivia Mariga remanded Meki out of custody on $200 bail.
He was ordered to surrender his passport, to report twice every week at CID Serious Frauds Squad and to reside at the given address.