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Crime & Courts

ZIMRA Employee Nabbed For $50 Million


By Staff Reporter

Three Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) employees were dragged to court on charges of fraud.

The accused persons, Valentine Chireke (35), Tawonga Nhengu (33) and Leonard Mazanhi (34) stood before Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje.

In August 2020, ZIMRA resolved to waive physical inspection to it’s clients claiming Value Added Tax (VAT) refund. Previously, ZIMRA would visit the clients before processing the claim.

It is alleged that in August 2020, the three accused persons acting in connivance with Batanai Zengeni whose occupation is not yet known and still at large hatched a plan to defraud ZIMRA.

Persuant to their plan, the first accused identified companies that were no longer submitting income tax returns, under the ZIMRA system.

He identified Katumi Investment, Nutrioil Private Limited, May Computers and Hefa Electrical Private Limited and gave details to the second accused person who then generated access pin to ZIMRA and communicated with these four companies pretending to be ZIMRA online.

It is said the accused persons then created corporate bank accounts for the four companies where pre account opening were held virtually.

It is alleged the accused persons then later transfered the money to different accounts when they had succeeded with their plan.

The total of the money involved is ZWL$49 399 76.00 and nothing was recoverd.

Robert Tapfumaneyi