Couple dupes homeseeker of US$71K

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  • Scam discovered after victim noticed construction developments on stand

A HARARE couple was on Wednesday arraigned at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts on allegations of swindling a home-seeker of US$71 225.

It is the State’s case that Tranos John Matukutire and his wife Ratidzai Matukutire sold an already taken up residential stand to Tawira Madanire.

The complainant, however, realised that he had been conned after he noticed that there were already some developments on the stand in question.

It is the State’s case that the accused persons acted in connivance by unlawfully and intentionally misrepresenting facts to the complainant, Madanire.

The Matukutires allegedly led Madanire to think that they were selling him a residential stand measuring 2 035 square metres for US$71 225, while they knew they intended to deceive the complainant.

Madanire is alleged to have acted upon the falsification and transferred the money into the Ratidzai’s Barclays Bank account from his Cabs account.

The accused are said to have lied to the complainant that they were waiting for the issuance of a compliance certificate before construction work would commence.

Madanire accepted their explanation until he discovered that another person had occupied the same stand and construction of buildings was in progress.

No stand has been handed over to the complainant up to date and no money was recovered.

The accused persons were allowed ZWL1 000 bail each with conditions that they reside at the given address, surrender their passports, report every Monday and Friday at CID Beitbridge and not to interfere with witnesses.

The case was presided over by magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.

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