HARARE – Wendall Parsons, a past Big Brother Africa reality TV show winner, was acquitted by a Harare magistrate in an alleged $20 000 car insurance fraud.
Parsons, who was jointly charged with his brother William, was found not guilty after the court ruled that the State failed to prove a case against him.
Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo said evidence presented before the court through State witnesses and 18 documentary exhibits was not sufficient enough.
He said evidence before the court proved that Parson’s vehicle had insurance cover, expiring on July 8 this year and Alliance Insurance Company had not informed him of the cancellation prior to his arrest.
The company only informed him formally about the cancellation after he had been arrested
It was the State’s case that William was involved in an accident while driving his brother’s Ford Ranger on March 16 this year.
The accident was reported to Borrowdale Police Station. It had been earlier alleged that Wendall’s vehicle was not insured on the day of the accident.
Allegations against Wendall were that he connived with his brother after the accident and hatched a plan to defraud Alliance Insurance (Pvt) Ltd.
William reportedly went to the insurance brokers on March 18 where he applied for insurance for the Ford Ranger and two other trailers.
A few days after insuring the vehicle, the State had alleged Wendall filed an insurance claim and attached fraudulent documents purporting that the accident occurred on March 28 when it allegedly occurred on March 16.
The insurance company processed Wendall’s claim of $23 750 for the vehicle.
The State further alleged that before he was given the money, the insurance company’s risk department carried out investigations and discovered that the accident had occurred before the car was insured.