Harare woman up for $23 000 fraud

A 29-year-old Harare woman’s alleged attempts to enrich herself through deceitful means backfired after she was arrested for swindling her employer of over $23 000.

Report by Phillip Chidavaenzi

Clynean Farai Manyepxa of Westgate was yesterday remanded to January 10, 2013 on $500 bail when she appeared before Harare magistrate Don Ndirowei.

The court heard that Manyepxa, who was employed as an accounting assistant by Aviocean Freight Services (Pvt) Ltd, was responsible for invoicing and receipting cash payments from customers, requisitions and disbursements, among other things.

When the complainant, Sekai Manyepxa, who is also the company’s finance director, was preparing the half-year financial statements, she discovered anomalies and made investigations.

She then discovered that the accused person had been dipping her hands in the company coffers since October last year.

On October 21, 2011, Manyepxa received a payment of $2 400 from a customer, which she recorded as a bank deposit and not a cash payment.

She used the same trick on November 1, 2011 after receiving another $2 400. On December 8, 2011, Manyepxa received a payment of $1 800 from another customer. She subsequently received further payments from other customers of $4 136 on December 9, 2011, $586 on January 30, $1 852 on March 1 and $2 193 on March 23, 2012. She also received $563 and $5 376 in subsequent months.

Manyepxa was also charged with two counts of theft of trust property after receiving a $1 826 cash payment from Wezzer Investments Company on behalf of her company on September 14, 2011 and $770 from House of Sandals Company on June 5, 2012. The amount totalled $23 986.

As part of her bail conditions, she was ordered not to visit her workplace until the matter was finalised, to report to the police once every week and not to interfere with State witnesses.

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