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Bank fraudster jailed 5 years


A HARARE man who used a fraudulent national identity card to withdraw $7 800 from another person’s bank account with AfrAsia Kingdom Bank was yesterday slapped with a five–year prison sentence.


Charles Kapenzi of Old Highfield Flats will, however, serve an effective three years after part of the sentence was set aside for five years by presiding magistrate Elisha Makomo on condition that he restituted the bank by April 1.

The bank was represented by its security and risk officer Blessmore Nyamuzuwe.

Prosecutor Molyn Mutamangira told the court that on February 15 last year, Kapenzi — who was convicted of fraud as defined under the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act — hatched a plan to defraud Kingdom Bank. He acquired a metal identity document bearing the names of Lawrence Musa Gwanzura and proceeded to AfrAsia Kingdom Bank’s branch at High Glen Shopping Centre where he filled in a withdrawal slip for $3 500 purporting to be the account holder.

He presented the slip together with the identity document to an unsuspecting bank teller, Linda Dorothy Kwendesa, and the latter processed the request and issued him the money before he walked away undetected.

On February 18, 2013, he used the same method to withdraw a further $4 000 from the same account.

The offence came to light on March 2 when the account holder went to the bank’s Westgate branch to collect a bank statement and discovered that some money had been withdrawn from his account.

He then alerted the bank authorities who then used recordings from the CCTV for the days in question and discovered how the offence had been committed before making a police report.

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