A BULAWAYO-BASED CMED supervisor has been slapped with a 48-month jail term for defrauding his employer of over $22 200 raised from diesel sales.
BY SILAS NKALA
Caxton Mangezi (38) represented by Prince Butshe had last week denied the fraud charge when he appeared before Bulawayo senior magistrate Gladmore Mushove.
At the close of the State case last Friday, Mushove found him guilty of the charges and sentenced him to 48 months in jail. Nine months of the sentence were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour. Another 12 months were set aside on condition he restituted his employer $20 282,50. This left him with an effective jail term of 27 months.
In passing sentence, Mushove said she considered that Mangezi was a first offender and that he had already lost his job, but deserved a deterrent sentence for betraying his employer’s trust.
The court heard that between January 11, 2013 and January 5, 2015, Mangezi sold diesel and petrol belonging to CMED and instead of remitting the cash to the company accounts, he only remitted $890 and allegedly converted $22 260 to his own use.
The fraud was discovered on February 20, 2015 when CMED’s divisional accountant, Zvidzai Murisa discovered a receipt book inside one of Mangezi’s drawers in his office. The receipt book in question had been issued to CMED Nkayi depot. An audit unearthed a short fall of $22 260, leading to Mangezi’s arrest. The stolen money was not recovered. The complainant in the matter was cited as CMED regional manager Thame Ndebele. Simba Manyiwa prosecuted the case.