A BULAWAYO-BASED Zimpapers employee is in trouble after allegedly defrauding the company of $1 631 through converting cash meant for the medical aid fund to his own use.
BY SILAS NKALA
Daphney Zinyama (34) of Bellevue pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushove last week and was granted $100 bail and remanded to December 12.
The court heard that some time between January and February this year, Zinyama, who was secretary of the company’s medical aid scheme, would request cash in the form of vouchers for medical aid payments.
Zinyama requested a voucher for $345 and she allegedly paid $145 to medical practitioners and converted $200 to her own use.
On January 10 she allegedly requested a voucher for $249 and paid $99, converting $150 to her own use. On January 31 she allegedly requested a voucher for $340 and paid $120. On February 7, she requested a voucher for $551 and paid $439.
It is also the State’s case that on February 19, she requested a voucher for $2 144, paid $1 271 to medical practitioners and converted $873 to her own use.
The total fraud committed is $1 631 and nothing was recovered.
The company, represented by chief security officer Patrick Bhunu, discovered the fraud and made a report to the police, leading to Zinyama’s arrest.