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2 women arrested for swindling Borrowdale school

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Two women who are being accused of swindling Borrowdale Primary School of $15 000 appeared yesterday before Harare magistrate Barbara Chimboza charged with fraud.

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

Hazel Saungweme (41) and Shillah Kabasa (41), who pleaded not guilty, were granted $100 bail and remanded to May 19.

Allegations against Saungweme and Kabasa are that sometime in February this year, Terrence Magoronga was approached by Itai Muteve, who is still at large, who stated that he was looking for cash in lieu of a bank transfer.

It is alleged Magoronga then approached Steven Mutumhe, who runs a beverage stockist.

Mutumhe then offered to provide the cash upon receiving the transfer confirmation into his bank account and provided Magoronga with his bank account number.

Magoronga allegedly passed the account details to Muteve and on March 17, Tandiwe Fungurani, who is also at large, submitted two NMB Bank internal bank transfer instructions with forged signatures of the school headmaster requesting the bank to transfer $8 340 and $7 624 into Mutumhe’s account.

After the money had been transferred, Saungweme and Kabasa, who claimed to be from Borrowdale Primary School, teamed up with Magoronga and proceeded to Mutumhe, who then handed over $15 964.

It is alleged the bank transfer transactions appeared on the cellphone of the school’s accountant, who then informed the headmaster about the transactions, but he denied ever instructing anyone to transfer the money.

The pair reported the matter to the police.

Investigations were carried out leading to the arrest of the suspects.

Sebastian Mutizirwa is prosecuting for the State.

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