Man up for multiple counts of fraud


© A HARARE man, who duped local businesses of $1,5 million after misrepresenting that he could facilitate purchase of goods in bulk from South Africa, has been brought before the courts.
Munyaradzi Paraiwa, 49, who fronted Sedcom Marketing (Pvt) Ltd, was charged with fraud when he appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa recently.
He is currently out on bail and was remanded to April 7 pending finalisation of investigations.
The first complainant is Malvern Mackenzie, a marketing manager at Groupview Technologies. According to the State, Sedcom is part of a syndicate which operates fraudulently registered companies that open bank accounts using fictitious particulars before misrepresenting that they have off-shore funds.
The court heard that Paraiwa would then lie that his company could facilitate delivery of goods from outside the country.
On February 7, last year, Mckenzie wanted to make a payment to South Africa for his till rolls and bond paper.
Paraiwa, allegedly masquerading as Munyaradzi Mpofu, claimed to Mckenzie that he could make the payment on behalf of Groupview Technologies.
Mckenzie then transferred US$36 000 into Sedcom Marketing’s account and was shown fake proof of payment purportedly made in South Africa on his company’s behalf.
However, when Mckenzie contacted his suppliers in South Africa he was told that no payment had been made.
The second complainant is a director at Flowshawn Investments, a catering services company that engaged Paraiwa to purchase groceries for his canteens in South Africa.
Using the same modus operandi, Paraiwa allegedly claimed to be Munyaradzi Mpofu and gave the complainant his company’s CABS account to deposit R518 181 on February 19 last year.
The complainant managed to deposit $114 000 for part of the groceries, but when she contacted her suppliers she was told that no payment had been made and nothing was recovered.
The third complainant Zvakataurwa Makoto wanted to purchase a JCB TLB tractor from South Africa and received a call from Paraiwa who claimed to have been referred by one Nhindiri.
He claimed to have a South Africa-based partner George Lebese who communicated with Makoto and showed him a doctored email purporting as if he had made payment of R953 925 on his behalf.
Makoto was convinced and transferred $1 363 538, 61 into a CBZ account belonging to Harrington and Associates.

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