Granny defrauds home-seekers


© A 60-YEAR-OLD woman appeared in court charged with defrauding two home-seekers of R50 000 and US$12 000.
Vaina Moyo, who is employed by a local construction company, allegedly pocketed the money, but did not deliver on the houses.
Moyo appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Lizwe Jamela charged with two counts of fraud.
Jamela remanded her out of custody on free bail and ordered her not to interfere with State witnesses.
Allegations are that sometime in April 2018, Kudzanai Blessed Mbengo, who is based in South Africa, inquired from Moyo if she had a residential stand for sale as he wanted to buy one for her mother, Beauty Nsingo.
Moyo allegedly told Mbengo that she had one in Emganwini suburb.
It is alleged that Moyo took Nsingo to 374 Hlalo Projects in Emganwini to view the stand, which Moyo claimed was hers and was selling it for R50 000.
Nsingo advised her son who sent R50 000 directly to Moyo for the stand.
The court heard that Moyo acknowledged receipt of the money and promised to draft an agreement of sale in a few days.
However, it is alleged that Moyo did not draft the agreement of sale until the complainant realised she had been defrauded and reported the matter to the police.
On the second charge, the State alleges that the complainant, who was not identified in court papers, met Moyo intending to buy a house.
Moyo informed the complainant that she had a two-roomed house in Pumula South that was going for US$12 000.
“Complainant viewed the house, became interested and paid US$9 000 as deposit and an agreement of sale was signed.
The court heard that both parties agreed that the complainant would move in after paying the balance in three months.
The State alleges that the complainant paid the balance but Moyo asked for more time to finish renovations which never happened until the complainant filed a police report on December 27.

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