BUSINESSMAN cum musician Energy Mutodi’s trial date in a matter in which he is charged for allegedly defrauding desperate home seekers of close to $2 million has been set for early next year.
Mutodi is alleged to have defrauded over 1 500 home seekers through the National Housing Development Trust (NHDT) in Mutare.
Prosecutor Nelson Makunyire last week told magistrate Sekesai Chiundura that Mutodi’s trial will start on February 26, 2014.
Charges against Mutodi are that he hatched a plan to defraud cash from unsuspecting civil servants by forming NHDT where civil servants would contribute money on a monthly basis.
The money would be deducted through the Salary Service Bureau stop order facility.
The State alleges that Mutodi made a misrepresentation to the civil servants to make monthly payments into NHDT and the accused purported to them that the money they paid was for purchase of land in Mutare’s Gimboki South housing project pegging, servicing it and promised to allocate residential stands to each of them.
A total of 1 562 complainants joined the scheme and the accused started receiving varying amounts of cash deducted from the complainants’ salaries which he allegedly converted to his own use.
The amount involved is $1 699 620.