The Nedbank Zimbabwe bank tellers in the story Pindula broke yesterday are accused of swindling about USD $1.1 million from customer accounts. The tellers, reports claim, swapped the USD with RTGS$ without the customers’ knowledge.
The scam is said to have taken place between October and March this year.
The theft is said to have been discovered by the bank’s South African parent financial services group.
The bank recently forced some senior managers to go on forced leave. Yesterday Pindula was told that tellers were arrested in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare. It is now clear that some employees in Zvishavane and Chegutu were also arrested. They were granted bail yesterday after an appearance at the magistrate’s court.
Said a court document:
“During the period extending from 15 October 2018 to 9 March 2019, the accused used (the)Denomination Exchange Platform in the Flexicube core banking system (under teller module), which is designed for exchange of similar currencies only, that is to say, they put in bond cash inflows and took out USD cash, thereby prejudicing the bank of foreign currency and as a result of the accused’s actions, the complainant suffered an actual prejudice of US$1 119 974 and nothing was recovered.”
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