Soldier nabbed for fake funeral claims

A MEMBER of the Zimbabwe National Army spent the Christmas holidays in police custody after he allegedly attempted to defraud Old Mutual Funeral Policy by making fraudulent compensation claims for his “deceased” family members.

Report By FELUNA NLEYA STAFF REPORTER

Michael Chatambudza was arrested on December 21 and is being held at Avondale Police Station after Old Mutual made a follow-up to his claim forms.

It is alleged that Chatambudza on December 6 this year opened a funeral policy under Old Mutual’s CABS Benefit Plan Policy and listed his wife Muchaneta Chenguwo, brother Tirivanhu and nephew Mike Chatambudza as beneficiaries.

On December 19, Chatambudza allegedly reported that his relatives had died in a road traffic accident along the Harare-Shamva Road.

National police spokesperson Andrew Phiri said Chatambudza was facing fraud charges.

“The accused person (Chatambudza) originated himself fake documents which include a police report with Shamva and three burial orders for the beneficiaries.

The accused person made two fake date stamps for ZRP Shamva and that of the District Registrar which he stamped on the forms for authenticity,” said Phiri.

Phiri said after Old Mutual had received the claim forms, they went on to verify the information and found out that the reports were false.

“After receiving the claim forms, Old Mutual security department decided to go around verifying the papers submitted by their client.

“Their first port of call was Shamva District Hospital where they were surprised to hear that they did not receive the above-mentioned patients.”

Phiri said Old Mutual then called Chatambudza to their offices where he was then arrested by police.

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