A 33-year-old Harare man, Tichafara Courage Chidumo, is alleged to have swindled Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) of $18 678 in a duty clearance scam.
It is alleged that on April 21, 2009 Chidumo acted in connivance with Norman Tendai Mashorokoto, who is still at large, and sold a Toyota Corolla to the complainant, Samuel Chamisa, after misrepresenting that they had already paid clearance duty at Zimra.
It is the State’s case that Chidumo was paid
$4 700 by Chamisa following his offer to process the registration of the vehicle at Central Vehicle Registry (CVR) and promised to bring the registration book as well as registration plates.
Chidumo is also alleged to have connived with Tichaona Samuriwo, who is also on the run, to sell a Nissan Navara to Chamisa, a month later.
The duo allegedly used the same modus operandi where they misrepresented that they had already paid duty.
Chamisa allegedly paid them $28 000 after which they promised to deliver the registration book and plates.
It is alleged Chidumo delivered the registration book and plates, a month after receipt of payment. But on August 8 this year, Zimra officials discovered the two vehicles were fraudulently registered at CVR.
It was discovered that Chamisa was prejudiced of $18 678 in the scam.
Chidumo was not asked to plead when he appeared before provincial magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini facing a fraud charge.
He was remanded out of custody on $200 bail.