A LOCAL businessman, Shepherd Chiringa, has been arrested for allegedly swindling the Defence ministry of over $2 million.
Chiringa, the director of Cherly Ethan Travel Services, allegedly connived with Defence ministry finance director Denison Muvandi, who is on the run, to defraud the ministry by falsely claiming that he had facilitated travel for 79 army officers outside the country.
It is alleged that on July 15, 2019, Chiringa presented an invoice for $2 700 546 to the ministry even though the army had not purchased any such tickets.
Muvandi allegedly authorised payment into Cherly Ethan Travel Services’ bank account and into individual bank accounts.
Investigations, however, indicated that the company had not rendered any travel services to the Defence ministry.
Chiringa was not asked to plead to the fraud allegations when he appeared before Harare magistrate Victoria Mashamba and was remanded out of custody to October 1 on $30 000 bail.
Prosecutor Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the State.