29 August 2012

Zimbabwe: Aviation Fraud

FOUR Aviation Ground Services (AGS) employees accused of swindling their employer yesterday appeared in court charged with fraud involving more than US$200 000. Senior imports supervisor Harold Muchenje (38), imports supervisor Priscilla Togarepi (35), the company's customer services officers, Bernard Chirara (32), and Power Muza (38) were not formally charged when they appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Anita Tshuma. They were granted US$100 bail apiece coupled with stringent conditions that include surrendering of passports and reporting once a week at CID Serious Frauds. They were remanded to September 10. Prosecutor Mr Tungamirai Chakurira alleged that the offence was committed between October 2011 and July this year.

He said the quartet, acting in connivance, would collect cash from the company's clients before creating invoices. They would then share the proceeds after deleting the invoices from the computer system. After pocketing part or all of the money, it is alleged the quartet would post the daily cash sales receipts figures to the cash sales ledger account.

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