15 May 2012

Zimbabwe: Man Accused of Stealing U.S.$36 000 Gold

A HARARE man has gone into hiding after he allegedly stole gold worth more than US$36 000 from people he duped into believing he could smelt before they sell it to Fidelity Printers and Refineries. Noah Makombe alias Mabasa (34) and four accomplices who have since been arrested duped the complainants in March. Criminal Investigations Department spokesperson Detective Inspector Augustine Zimbili said Makombe and his gang sold the gold and converted the money into their own use.

"Following misrepresentations, the complainants gave the five suspects gold worth US$36 400 for it to be processed before they could hand the processed gold back to the owners who in turn could sell it to Fidelity Printers," he said. "Instead of fulfiling the trust invested in them by the complainants, the suspects unlawfully and intentionally sold the gold and converted the cash to their own use or personal gain, thereby permanently depriving the complainants of their gold." Police are appealing to anyone with information leading to the arrest of Makombe to contact Detective Asst Insp Nyoni of CID Serious Fraud on 0772 604 018 or any Police Station.

Copyright © 2012 The Herald. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.