THE director of a clearing and freight agency United Links Worldwide, Noel Chinyuku (33), who is facing charges of swindling Sable Chemicals of $100 000, is on the run after skipping bail.
BY BLESSED MHLANGA
State prosecutor Fiona Mukwena applied for a warrant of arrest against Chinyuku when he failed to appear before Kwekwe magistrate Letwin Rwodzi for judgment after the defence had closed its case early this month.
His co-accused Scott Kim, who appeared in court on Monday, was remanded out of custody to January 31.
Police have now launched a manhunt for Chinyuku.
The State alleged that Chinyuku and Kim connived to defraud Sable by creating a fictitious email account that was almost identical to South African energy company Sasol.
They wrote an email posing as Sasol’s finance manager Edline Holmes in which they produced a proforma invoice of $100 000 on a Sasol letter head demanding that payment be made into United Links Worldwide’s Stanbic Bank account.
Sable management were duped and paid the money through a bank transfer on July 9 before sending proof of payment to Sasol on the correct email address.
It was only on July 12 when Holmes responded after seeing a copy of the proof of payment saying Sasol had never requested Sable Chemicals to pay United Links Worldwide.
Mukwena said the two had concocted a plan to fraudulently siphon money from Sable Chemicals and should face the music for their crime.