31 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Harare Woman Faces Fraud Charges

A HARARE woman who allegedly swindled her mother of more than US$20 000 last week appeared in court facing 10 counts of fraud and two of theft of trust property. Clynean Farai Manyepxa was not formally charged when she appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Donald Ndirowei on Thursday and was remanded out of custody to January 10 next year. She was ordered to report once a week at CID Serious Frauds and not to interfere with State witnesses.

Manyepxa told the court that the matter was between her stepmother and her father.

The complainant in the matter is Ms Sekai Manyepxa, who is the finance director of Aviocean Freight Services.

Clynean was employed by the company as an accounts assistant and her duties included among others invoicing and receipting cash from customers, preparation of payment requisitions and disbursements of authorised expenditure.

Prosecutor Mr Tungamirirai Chakurira alleged that on October 21 last year, Clynean received a payment of US$2 444 from a client, Mr Mteto and misrepresented to the company that the client had made a bank deposit of that amount by receipting the money in a CBZ bank book instead of the cash receipt.

It is alleged from that period up to sometime this year using the same method she embezzled several amounts totalling US$23 986. The State says that during the complainants' half-year preparation of the financial statements, she noticed that there were some transactions, which seemed to have been made through the company's two banks-CBZ and NMB- but were not appearing on the bank statement.

This prompted the complainant to further investigate to ascertain the period from which the trend started and she discovered it started last year prompting her to make a report that led to Clynean's arrest.

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