AFM accountant up for $26k fraud

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HARARE – An accountant with the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) has been hauled before the courts after he allegedly embezzled church funds amounting to some $26 000.

Simbarashe Tineyi Boriwondo, 29, who is being charged with theft of trust property, was not asked to plead when he appeared before magistrate Anita Tshuma.

He was remanded to August 8 on $100 bail.

It is the State’s case that during the period extending January 2011 to February 2012, Boriwondo received various cash amounts which he would capture in the records.

The court heard that of the received cash, he allegedly took $26 005 and converted it to his own use.

To cover up the offence, Boriwondo allegedly manipulated the Excel formula in the income schedule to report that less money had been received.

Allegations are that he would enter all amounts in a certain row of the income schedule, while also subtracting other amounts from selected columns in the schedule.

Prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira said after the manipulation of the amounts, Boriwondo would produce cooked financial reports and present them to the church officials.

 

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