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Trio arrested over fake exemption letters

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THREE Harare men appeared in court yesterday after two of them were found with fake travel exemption letters and misrepresented themselves as essential service workers.
Christopher Chinyoka, Tonderai Samson and Lloyd Jiri were charged with forgery before Harare magistrate Judith Taruvinga. They denied the charges and were released on $2 000 bail each and ordered to continue residing at the given addresses.

They were also ordered not to interfere with witnesses until the case is finalised. The matter was set for trial on April 5. Prosecutor Lancelot Mutsokoti said that on February 13, police officers were on patrol in Christon Bank in Mazowe, in an operation against illegal gold miners when they intercepted Samson and Jiri, who indicated that they resided at different addresses in Budiriro, Harare.

The two claimed to be essential services workers employed by Lorimak and produced exemption letters justifying  their travel from Harare to Christon Bank. The court heard that after thorough interrogation, Samson and Jiri confessed that they did not work for Lorimak and had been given the exemption letters by Chinyoka.

Samson and Jiri led police officers to the National Foods offices in Aspindale, where Chinyoka had been deployed by Lorimak. When Chinyoka was confronted, he admitted that he had fraudulently added Samson and Jiri’s names to the list used to create exemption letters for Lorimak workers. The trio were then arrested for forgery.

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