Glen View pair in $1 000 EcoCash swindle

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HARARE – Two Glen View men were hauled before the courts for reportedly swindling a Mutare man of more than
$1 000 through EcoCash transfers after stealing the man’s pin number.

Clayton Mavhumba, 24, and David Mavhumba, 34, were remanded in custody to November 21 when they appeared before Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo.

Prosecutor Tungamirai Chakurira alleged that on October 28, Clayton was offered transport by Innocent Tinashe Gonese, 51, from Mutare to Harare.

Along the way, Gonese made an EcoCash transfer to his wife, and Clayton memorised his pin number, the court heard.

It is alleged Clayton asked for Gonese’s number when they arrived in Harare and immediately contacted his brother David, and hatched a plan to steal from his EcoCash account.

The pair reportedly proceeded to Econet offices at Margolis Plaza in Harare where David misrepresented to Econet operators that he wanted to replace for a stolen SIM card.

He allegedly supplied Gonese’s SIM card details and got a new line.

Chakurira alleged that they used the line and EcoCash pin number and withdrew $500.

On October 29, they allegedly transferred from Gonese’s CBZ bank account into the EcoCash wallet before proceeding to an EcoCash agent at Wilson House and withdrew the money in batches of $500 and $450 before David signed off for the transaction.

The offence came to light when Gonese went to CBZ intending to withdraw money and realised his account only had a balance of $14,78.

He was told the money was withdrawn via EcoCash transactions.

The Mavhumbas were arrested on November 5 after they had tried to check Gonese’s EcoCash balance.

The matter will be back in court tomorrow for closing submissions.

Nyambayo was represented by Patty Kachidza, while Agnes Chatsama appeared on Theresa’s behalf.

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