Ex-minister swindled US$140k

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© A HARARE man who allegedly defrauded former Community Development minister Nyasha Chikwinya of US$140 000 after illegally selling residential stands at her housing scheme appeared in court yesterday.
Moreblessing Madondo Mutsvunguma, 33, was charged with fraud when he appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa.
Prosecutor Sabastian Mutizirwa opposed bail on the basis that there was a possibility that he committed the offences in cahoots with Chikwinya’s other employees who are yet to be arrested.
His bail application will be determined today.
The complainant is Chikwinya in her capacity as the owner of Pilgrims Rest Hatcliffe Housing Scheme (Pvt) Ltd which has residential stands situated in Hatcliffe and Glen Forest.
The court heard Mutsvunguma was contracted to ensure that there was peace and order at Chikwinya’s housing scheme.
Mutizirwa alleged that sometime in September 2019, Mutsvunguma stole Chikwinya’s receipt books bearing serial numbers 151 to 300.
When Chikwinya discovered that her receipt book was missing she filed a police report but was not aware of the perpetrators of the offence.
It was alleged that Mutsvunguma also secured a fake receipt book with serial numbers 301 to 450 in the name of Pilgrims Rest Hatcliffe Housing Scheme.
He allegedly used the receipt books to sell 36 residential stands which he issued as proof of payment.
The offence came to light when Chikwinya met people who had acquired residential stands through Mutsvunguma and demanded to see their proof of payment.
She was shown the receipts fraudulently issued by Mutsvunguma and a police report was filed against him on January leading to his arrest.
According to the State, Mutsvunguma’s actions caused Chikwinya a potential prejudice of US$648 000 and actual prejudice of US$140 000.

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