Fraudster Uses Mnangagwa’s Name In US$488 000 Botched Deal

The state has made an application in a bid to effect a reversal of bail that was granted to a fraudster who used president Emmerson Mnangagwa in a US$488 000 fraud case.

The state had initially consented to a $50 000 bail for the fraudster, Eustine Charambira (33), who duped a Harare man Erasmus Chimbumu of US$488 000 in a mining chemical deal be granted bail.

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Magistrate Dennis Mangosi will rule on the application this Tuesday.

It is alleged that in October 2020, Charambira was approached by Chimbumu, who wanted to buy mining chemicals.

Chimbumu was referred to her by one of his suppliers, Ragu Sivaragas.

Charambira told the Chumbumu that she had a company that imported chemicals from the United Kingdom through Durban, South Africa.

Chimbumu told the accused person that he only had local currency to pay for the chemicals.

Charambira then told him that her company only sold the chemicals in United States dollars, and advised him to send the money in local currency to various bank accounts and suppliers, who would change the money into US dollars on the black market.

Chimbumu allegedly sent the money to various accounts supplied by Charambira and was promised that he would get his chemicals by January 2021.

However, she later said the money had been stolen after failing to meet the deadline.

Chimbumu allegedly reported the matter at Borrowdale Police Station and she was summoned.

She told the police that the person that stole the money would pay back by April this year and also claimed she was expecting US$1 million from an investor based in the United Kingdom in a deal that involved Mnangagwa and some army generals.

Charambira asked for US$100 000 to charter a private jet for the investor in the UK to Zimbabwe so that he could bring the US$1 million.

The complainant allegedly sent US$50 000 to Charambira through Sivaragas, but he later established that the accused never brought any investor from the UK and that her money was never stolen.

Chimbumu was prejudiced of US$488 000 and nothing was recovered.

More: Pindula News; NewsDay

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