By A Correspondent- One of the man accused of defrauding Bindura residents of over US$26k and who is out on bail has torched a social media storm after a video where he is bragging about his release started circulating on social media.
In the above video, the accused man is recorded saying only rape and murder are punishable offences while those who commit other offences including fraud go unpunished because everyone including members of the judiciary love stealing.
The development comes after the man was arrested last week together with two other fraudsters who perpetrated a series of cons on Bindura residents and netted US$26,100.
The three are alleged to have defrauded people by creating fake proof of payment messages and sending them to people who would then give them United States Dollars thinking that they had received RTGS,
The three fraudsters have been identified as Collen Chairuka (36), Tatenda Brenda Pangidzwa (34) and Malvern Chiyangwa (35). The trio came to the attention of the police after they defrauded various people of US$26,100 in just five days.
Following numerous complaints against the fraudsters, the police in Bindura decided to set a trap. Undercover police officers arrested the suspects when they attempted to defraud them using the same modus operandi.
In a statement, police national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said: ARREST OF SUSPECTS FOR FRAUD AND THEFT
The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the arrest of Collen Chairuka (36), Tatenda Brenda Pangidzwa (34) and Malven Chiyangwa (35) in connection with cases of fraud which occurred in and around Bindura from 10 February 2021 to 14 February 2021.
Police received information to the effect that the suspects were defrauding members of the public by sending them fake WhatsApp confirmation messages of RTGS money transfers after receiving United States Dollars. A trap was set by Police who managed to arrest the suspects.
First complainant lost USD 4 100.00 after receiving text message of ZWL 538 000.00 payment to Innscor.
Second complainant lost USD 10 000.00 after a fake message of ZWL 1 230 000. 00 for alleged Netone airtime. He realised this after Netone Mt Darwin dismissed the alleged payment.
Third complainant lost USD 12 000. 00 for alleged payment to ZIMRA for vehicle importation duty clearance.
Police urges members of the public to verify transactions before parting with their hard-earned cash and desist from illegal foreign currency dealings.