Businessman’s trial date for forgery set

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The trial of Bulawayo businessman Nhamo Rusamo, who faces forgery charges after he allegedly tampered with a Real Time Gross System (RTGS) form and took it to his child’s school claiming to have paid school fees through bank a transfer has been set for May 27.

The alleged forged RTGS form had a face value of $1 000.

Rusamo (43) was not asked to plead to the forgery charge when he briefly appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Gideon Ruvetsa Tuesday.

Prosecutor Jerry Mutsindikwa advised Rusamo, who is out of custody on his own cognisance, to attend trial on May 27.

On January 12, Rusamo allegedly went to FBC Bank at the corner of Jason Moyo and 11th Avenue and collected an RTGS form, and had it stamped by a bank employee identified as Joseph Munyari.

He allegedly took the alleged fraudulent form to Petra Junior School and told the school authorities that he had paid his child’s fees through a bank transfer.

On receiving the form, school authorities became suspicious and immediately contacted the bank to verify the authenticity of the document.

A senior bank official asked the school to fax him a copy of the alleged RTGS form.

Bank investigations later established the form had been forged. Rusamo allegedly admitted committing the forgery and told the bank he just wanted to secure a reprieve for his child while he sourced for money to pay the school fees.

He paid the fees four days later.

After his arrest, Rusamo implicated Munyari as the brains behind the offence, leading to the bank employee’s arrest.