Marondera bogus nurse jailed

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A 25-YEAR-OLD Marondera woman who duped several local youths after she masqueraded as a nurse and promised to secure them vacancies for nurse training in Harare and Marondera has been sentenced to an effective 12-month jail term for fraud.

Report by Jairos Saunyama

Marondera magistrate Josephine Sande heard that Tryphine Maphosa collected various amounts of money from prospective students claiming she was connected to top officials at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare and Borrodaile Hospital in Marondera.

Prosecutor Zivei Hungwe told the court that on the first count, Maphosa approached Nyasha Ruzane of Marondera and demanded $200 to secure a place at Borrodaile Hospital.

Ruzane later sent her the money through Eco-cash, but Maphosa later became evasive after receiving the money, prompting Ruzane to report the matter to police.

On August 12, Maphosa approached Charity Saidi of Marondera again where she misrepresented that she would get her a job at Borrodaile Hospital on condition she paid $80.

Saidi complied and gave Maphosa the money and her educational certificates. Maphosa, however, started giving excuses to Saidi over the job issue and the matter was reported to the police.

On the same day, at Family Clinic, Maphosa also misrepresented herself to Terrence Goremusandu and demanded $130 for a nursing job at Parirenyatwa Hospital.
Goremusandu complied and gave her the money and his educational certificates.

However, Maphosa later became evasive, prompting Goremusandu to report the matter to the police.

Maphosa later pounced on Gibson Mphisa, Annah Riri and Elizabeth Kasaira using the same modus operandi and got away with various amounts of money.

The issue came to the fore after the victims reported her to the police, leading to her arrest.

Although Maphosa denied the charges, she was convicted due to overwhelming evidence brought against her in court.

Initially, she was sentenced to 24 months, but six months were suspended on condition of good behaviour, while another six months were set aside on condition she pays restitution by September 30 this year.

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