A City of Harare treasury department clerk, Vengai Tsomba (29), has been arrested and charged with fraud after allegedly swindling the council of $30 000.
His alleged accomplices, Tapera Mugadza (30), Anselm Midzi (57), Lovemore Kambeu (33), Martin Alexander (61), Tineyi Kureya (24) and Mugauri Sanderson (30), were two weeks ago arraigned before the courts over the same matter.
Tsomba was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Anita Tshuma and was remanded to August 20 on $100 bail, the same amount that was deposited by his co-accused persons.
According to the State, Tsomba was responsible for banking cash received from the treasury department. Prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira presented that on June 19 this year, Tsomba received
$39 718 from various City of Harare clients for banking.
It is alleged that he entered false information into the computer system and retained $30 000 which he later shared with his alleged accomplices.
To cover up for the offence, Tsomba and his alleged accomplices allegedly created two deposit slips, reflecting $9 718 and $39 718 respectively.
It is alleged that acting in common purpose, they forwarded the $9 718 for banking, but raised another fake Kingdom Bank deposit slip purporting to have deposited $39 718.
Tsomba and his alleged accomplices went on to date–stamp the slip with a counterfeit Kingdom Bank date stamp before surrendering it to council’s finance department.
However, the offence came to light on June 22 during banking reconciliation, leading to Tsomba’s arrest.