Three Delta Beverages employees yesterday appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Court facing fraud charges involving $761 616 after they allegedly manufactured fictitious expense claims and processed payment for their personal use.
BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE
The suspects – Jas Ranjisi (32), Mufudzi Ndoro (34) and Mavis Chipungare (39) – employed as stock controller, territory accountant and accounting officer respectively, were not asked to plead when they appeared before magistrate Josephine Sande, who remanded them to October 25 on $500 bail each.
Allegations against the suspects were that during the period extending from February last year to June this year, they hatched a plan to defraud Delta Beverages following which Ranjisi raised various fraudulent claims, purporting they had been incurred by Delta Beverages.
The State alleges Ranjisi would submit the expense forms to Ndoro for authorisation of payment.
After authorisation, Ndoro would allegedly forward them to Chipungare for payment.
It is alleged Chipungare made payments from the petty cash account to Ranjisi, who signed for the money in the petty cash register.
The offence was then discovered after an internal audit was done and revealed that the trio allegedly swindled Delta Beverages of $761 616 and nothing was recovered.
Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the State.