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    GZU student gets 1 month for EcoCash fraud

    MELINDA TAGWIREI

    Masvingo – Comfort Masasi (22), a student at the Great Zimbabwe University has been slapped with a one month jail term or $80 fine after he was found guilty of defrauding a tuck shop operator using an EcoCash transaction.
    Masasi of Pangolin in Masvingo pleaded guilty as charged when he appeared before Magistrate Rufaro Mangwiro.
     who slapped him with a fine of $80 for defrauding a retail outlet of groceries worth $71, 75.
    Prosecutor Andrew Ndaramira said on March 13, 2019, Masasi approached Tinashe Makufa with the intention of deceiving him. He ordered 2kg flour, 2kg Maq washing soap, one loaf of bread, four litres cooking oil, 8kg sugar, and two bars of green washing soap all valued at $71,75.
    Masasi was caught when the tuck shop attendant demanded to see the EcoCash transaction on the phone. He realised that the message was fake.
    Makufa informed his employer, Simbarashe Maramba who then escorted the accused to ZRP Chikato leading to his arrest and all goods were recovered.
       Prosecutor Carson Kundiona, told the court that Jamu edited EcoCash texts messages from November last year to January 24 purporting to be a buyer at Super Stores and Wholesaler on 23 occasions.
    On January 24 at around 10am the convict entered the shop intending to collect groceries worth $500, he tried to use the same modus operandi by showing the storekeeper Macshame Matika (30) an edited EcoCash message which raised his suspicion.
    Matika then cross-checked with the previous EcoCash texts in Jamu’s phone and observed that he had scammed the store 23 times and prejudiced it of thousands of dollars in groceries.
    The storekeeper subsequently texted the police who recovered groceries valued at $10 927 from the suspect’s house. Groceries worth $1 073 could not be accounted for.
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