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    ‘Fake’ headman dupes Mvuma residents of cash


    - A Mvuma man who duped people of their money after pretending to be a headman and selling them non-existent stands has appeared in court facing two charges of fraud.
    Silvester Chaurunga (56) of Mvuma Central Estates appeared at the Mvuma Magistrate court before magistrate Vimbai Makora facing two counts involving $900 recently.
    It is the State case that on March 30, 2013, Godfrey Chivasa (53) of Chivi in Masvingo, who is the complainant asked his uncle Rueben Chikova to look for a resettlement stand for him in Mvuma. Chikova approached the accused person who advised him to invite the complainant to Mvuma.
    Prosecutor Bernard Nyoni told the court that on December 30 in the same year, the complainant went to Mvuma where he met the accused person at Toriro Service station in Mvuma and was introduced to the complainant as the headman of Central Estates Headquarters.
    Chaurunga advised Chivasa to bring $350 as processing fee which the complainant withdrew at Chivhu. The complainant handed over the $350 to the accused but the accused did not issue a receipt.
    After a fortnight, the accused person advised the complainant to top up to a total value of $800. Sometime in 2014, the complainant gave the accused person $200 and demanded to be shown the plot and he was given a piece of land belonging to the Central Estates. The complainant only realized that he was duped after he started building on the plot and the real owner stopped him.
    The accused failed to pay back the cash that he defrauded the complainant. Total value defrauded is $550 and nothing was recovered.
    Chaurunga also defrauded Mackenzie Gweva of Elland Valley Blinkwater in Mvuma using the same trick.
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