23 January 2017
BUSINESSMAN Tendai Ishe Taruvinga, who is into commodity broking, was reportedly duped of nearly US$100 000 by suspected con-artists in a botched stationery deal.
Taruvinga, who runs Razar Communications, was reportedly duped by Thandiwe Catherine Chisoro, Tafadzwa Mazhazhate, Sunungurai Chinhango and Stanely Nyamasoka.
The quartet appeared in court facing fraud charges.
They were not asked to plead to the charges when they appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.
Circumstances leading to the quartet’s arrest are that sometime in December last year, Taruvinga was looking for stationery, spicies and gases from off-shore companies.
Taruvinga was then referred to Farai Mashiri alias Moses Banda who was said to be based in South Africa.
Reports are that Taruvinga contacted Mashiri who confirmed that he was in a position to facilitate for the payment of the stationery in South Africa.
Mashiri, who is still at large, is said to have told Taruvinga that he could also deliver the said commodities to Zimbabwe from South Africa before referring to Thandiwe Chisoro.
Thandiwe Chisoro is also alleged to have pending fraud cases at the same court.
On December 28, Thandiwe Chisoro is alleged to have teamed up with Farai Mashiri and called Taruvinga saying they had paid for the spices he was looking for.
Thandiwe is also alleged to have told Taruvinga that he would receive proof of payment from Mashiri who was in South Africa.
Mashiri is said to have send Taruvinga fake payment vouchers as proof of payment for the spices and said the spices were in en-route to Zimbabwe.
Armed with the fake proof of payment, Thandiwe is alleged to have approached Taruvinga at his offices and collected US$30 000 as payment for the delivery of the spices.
On January 3 this year, Taruvinga is also said to have requested for the supplies of gas from Mashiri.
The court heard that on the same day, Mashiri forwarded another fake proof of payment to Taruvinga purporting that he had paid for the product.
On the same day, Thandiwe is said to have approached Taruvinga at his offices and collected US$30 000.
The State alleges that on January 4 Mashiri forwarded another manufactured proof of payment purporting that he paid for stationery worth US$33 000 on behalf of Taruvinga.
He also indicated that the stationery was en-route to Zimbabwe.
Thandiwe is also said to have approached Taruvinga at his offices with intention to collect US$33 000 which they said had been paid for stationery.
But Taruvinga paid part of the money and asked her to return on January 9 to collect the balance.
Reports are that Taruvinga did not receive all the products he had paid for on agreed dates which raised his suspicion.
On January 9 Thandiwe approached Taruvinga with intention to collect the remaining US$14 500 but was arrested after she failed to account for the products and the money.
Thandiwe is said to have implicated Mazhazhate, Chinhango and Nyamasoka.