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TN Bank tellers up for $19 000 theft


KADOMA — Three TN Bank employees accused of stealing over $19 000 from the institution have been granted $500 bail each and remanded to May 27 for trial.

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The three — Patrick Nyamuronda (41), Kennedy Muguzumbi (31) and Adam Mapako (30) — are facing three counts after they allegedly made dubious withdrawals from empty accounts between March 4 and 15 this year.

The State alleges that between March 4 and 15 this year, the three, who were employed by the bank as chief teller, senior teller and teller respectively, hatched a plan to steal money from the institution by taking turns to make unauthorised and dubious cash withdrawals from empty accounts.

The court heard that on March 4, the suspects, acting in concert, issued cash amounting to $10 705 to Muguzumbi by effecting an unlawful withdrawal from account number 45101028702301 whereas the said account had no money.

Muguzumbi allegedly took the money and converted it to his own use.

On March 7, using the same modus operandi, the accused issued $4 950 to Mapako who also made personal use of the money and on March 13, they allegedly conducted a similar transaction and withrew$4 300 which they gave to Nyamuronda who pocketed the cash.

The alleged scam was unearthed following a routine check on bank reconciliations, leading to the suspects’ arrest.

Nyamuronda and Muguzumbi were represented by Daison Chirairo while Mapako had no legal representation. Magistrate Farai Gwitima presided over the matter while Reginald Chavora prosecuted.

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