Acquitted ZB Bank Heist Robbers Caught in Money Laundering Web
Four robbers who were recently acquitted in the ZB Bank US$2.7 million money heist case, found themselves back in court, this time facing money laundering charges. Tozivepi Chirara, Tatenda Gadzikwa, Dennis Madondo, and Trymore Chapfika appeared before Harare magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa.
The Heist and Acquisitions
Allegations relate to a heist between January 5 and 11, where US$2,775,000 was stolen from a bank crew traveling from Harare to Chinhoyi. Chirara, the one who was caught, upon his arrest he was found in possession of Subaru Forester and US$77,800 in cash.
Unexplained Wealth Raises Suspicions
The State claims that Chirara failed to provide a satisfactory explanation for the source of the significant sum of money he possessed. Furthermore, investigations revealed that Chirara had no formal employment or legitimate business ventures to justify the amount of cash he had.
Accomplices and Seized Cash
According to the State, Chapfika, who resides in Mbare, was found with US$39,000 despite lacking gainful employment. Madondo had US$71,500 in his possession, while Gadzikwa was arrested with US$81,800. Their three accomplices, Shadreck Njowa, Tendai Zuze, and Neverson Mwamuka, have already been convicted and are currently serving eight-year jail terms.
Upcoming Court Proceedings
The quartet of Chirara, Gadzikwa, Madondo, and Chapfika is scheduled to appear before the court again on Monday, where they will face the money laundering charges brought against them. The proceedings promise to shed further light on the alleged illicit activities surrounding the ZB Bank heist and the subsequent acquisitions made by the accused individuals.