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New discovery in Lupane forgery case


LUPANE — Police investigations have revealed that a Lupane Town Local Board finance clerk accused of using a forged Ordinary Level certificate to land the job at the local authority where she later allegedly stole $304, had used the same fake documents to enrol at Bulawayo Polytechnic earlier on.

Nobuhle Nyathi (34) was not asked to plead to forgery and theft charges when she appeared before Lupane magistrate Takudzwa Gwazemba on Thursday.

The court remanded her out of custody on $100 bail to November 6 after it emerged that police were still making further enquiries on the matter after discovery that this was not the first time she had used the fake documents.

State counsel Sanders Sibanda told the court that on October 17, 2007, Nyathi applied for the post of receptionist at Kusile Rural District Council and allegedly presented a forged “O” Level certificate as proof of her qualifications.

She landed the post a month later on the strength of the certificate she had presented.

On the theft charge, it is alleged that on February 1 this year, Nyathi received $365 from clients which she entered on receipt numbers 125544 and 125551 and $92 which she booked on receipt numbers 125544 and 125551.

At the bank, she allegedly plucked off the duplicate receipts bearing a total of $92.

She misrepresented to the bookkeeper Linda Ncube that she only received $365.

On May 18, she received $287 and allegedly took $37 and only banked $250. On July 30, Nyathi received $1 315 from clients and allegedly pocketed $120.

The local board officials later discovered that she was allegedly stealing the money and a report was made to the police, leading to her arrest.

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