ELLEN MLAMBO - Chiredzi – A conman who is disguising as a reporter with H-Metro is swindling school heads from Chiredzi by threatening to expose their private life or making up scandals in the institutions they head.
Some of the heads approached by the conman are from Tshovani High and Tshovani Primary School.
Last year Magistrate Geraldine Mutsoto convicted a reporter who pretended to be employed by The Mirror and produced fake liquor licence notices and duped members of the public of their money. He was sentenced to five months in prison which was suspended on condition that he fully restituted the complainants and also paid a fine.
The same reporter is appearing at the court for different media offences.
Acting Police spokesperson, Nduna confirmed that Police was investigating the Chiredzi case. He however, declined to divulge details as this would prejudice investigations.
The allegations are that the conman phones the head on the mobile phone and makes allegations either to do with their private life or financial issues in the school. He then demands that the head immediately pays him a certain amount into an ecocash account or the story would be splashed in the newspaper.
The conman has been operating with two numbers with one being used to call the school head and the other for depositing money through ecocash. One head is understood to have parted with $900 after falling to the conman's antics.
H-Metro deputy editor, Charles Mushinga said the newspapers did not have a reporter in Chiredzi and therefore the person was a conman.
"We don't have a reporter in Chiredzi and our reporters don't go about demanding money. All our reporters must identify themselves to their news sources and this one is obviously a fraudster. I want to warn the public against entertaining such people by immediately reporting them to the Police," said Mushinga.local news