Pair up for $14k fraud charge

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\n HARARE – Two former Toyota Zimbabwe (Toyota) employees have been dragged to court facing fraud charges after they reportedly diverted a $14 000 payment for vehicle spares to their personal accounts.

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\n Alouis Kadonzvo, who resides in Eastlea, Harare, appeared before magistrate Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa and was remanded out of custody to February 22 pending finalisation of the matter.

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\n The 45-year-old was formerly employed by Toyota as a parts manager.

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\n His accomplice, Claudious Katiyo, who was employed as a filing clerk, appeared in court on December 17, last year, over similar allegations.

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\n As part of bail conditions, Kadonzvo was ordered to continue residing at his present address and not to interfere with State witnesses.

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\n The complainant is Toyota, represented by its risk manager, Ranganai Chigovera.

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\n Prosecutor, Peter Kachirika, alleged that on September 5, last year, Tiff Investments purchased various motor spares from Toyota.

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\n The court heard that Kadonzvo and Katiyo connived and instructed the cashiers that Tiff Investments had paid for spares valued $14 848, adding that the money had been deposited into Toyota’s bank account.

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\n It was further alleged that Toyota then delivered the spares to Tiff Investments, convinced that payment had been made through a bank deposit.

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\n Kadonzvo and Katiyo had also instructed the cashiers to generate receipts indicating that $14 848 had been paid by Tiff Investments.

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\n An audit was carried out and revealed that Tiff Investments had not deposited the money into Toyota’s account but was rather instructed by Kadonzvo and Katiyo to deposit the amount into a bank account belonging to one of the accused persons.

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\n Kadonzvo and Katiyo then shared the money among themselves prejudicing Toyota of $14 848.

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\n Nothing was recovered.

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\n They were subsequently arrested.

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