Trauma Centre fraudsters trial date set


The trial of suspected fraudulent directors of Streamsleigh Investments and AMI Plc accused of swindling Trauma Centre Hospital owner Vivek Solanki of cash and property worth over $5 million has been set for November 15 this year.

By Senior Court Reporter

Peter Annesley, Mavis Mushonga, South African Sable Mining CEO Jeremy Sanford and Paul Stevenson were last Friday summoned to appear at the Harare Magistrates’ Court to face trial over fraud and theft allegations.

The four accused were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) between December last year and February this year.

The State alleged that Sanford, who did not have a link with Solanki, was hired by Andrew Groves, the British director of African Medical Investments (Pvt) Ltd, to work with a former director Mushonga at Autoband Investments t/a Trauma Centre, to defraud the company.

Between July 2010 and September last year, Sanford with Mushonga, Pfumbi and Stevenson allegedly wrote a fraudulent letter purporting that Solanki’s manager and sole signatory, Zarina Dudhia, had resigned from the company and that there was a board resolution to that effect.

Using the letter, they made an application to Stanbic Bank for a change of signatories, which was granted and they allegedly withdrew cash from different bank accounts.

After allegedly dismissing Dudhia irregularly, they are said to have stolen company documents, trust deeds, title deeds for Streamsleigh Investments, $200 000 cash, hospital equipment, furniture, three ambulances, five vehicles and 26 computers, all valued at $5 million.

Annesley allegedly misrepresented to the Registrar of Companies and appointed himself to the Board of Streamsleigh Investments, a property company belonging to Solanki, and operated the hospital under this company as AMI Hospital before his arrest nine months later.