A Bulawayo car dealer, Tendai Kanyonganise — who was in court at the beginning of last week for allegedly smuggling a motor vehicle was back in the dock the same week, on Friday — this time on a fraud charge involving $7 200.
Kanyonganise (36) who runs Mr Tikays Car Sales, was granted $400 bail for each of the cases and remanded to July 22 for trial.
In the fraud case, it is alleged sometime in July last year, Kanyonganise was given $7 200 by James Zulu to buy an omnibus in South Africa. He allegedly bought the kombi and smuggled it into Zimbabwe.
He later allegedly forged the registration book which was registered in the name of Zulu.
Kanyonganise misrepresented to Zulu that he had lawfully registered the vehicle in his name and that he had paid the duty required for the vehicle.
Zulu is said to have paid him another $1 800 for the vehicle.
The offence came to light when a client bought the vehicle and took the documents and an agreement of sale to the vehicle theft police squad in Bulawayo to change ownership.
It was then discovered the registration book had been forged, the court heard.
This led to the arrest of Kanyonganise. It was also reportedly discovered clients had lost $7 200 in the deal.
In the first case, Kanyonganise allegedly smuggled a Toyota Hiace kombi from South Africa via Beitbridge border post, prejudicing the State of $4 612 in potential revenue between August 16 and 18 last year. Tawanda Muchemwa prosecuted.