Studio 263 actor uses Bona Mugabe's wedding to defraud US$23,000 (PHOTO) Tafadzwa Gregory Hillary Tandi, a former Studio 263 actor and events designer, reportedly fleeced a couple planning a wedding of $23,500 after allegedly lying that he planned Bona Mugabe's wedding.

Tandi, of 7-33 Avenue, Marlborough in Harare - popularly known as Hillary Indi - appeared before Harare magistrate Donald Ndirowei facing fraud charges.

The actor, who starred in popular television soap Studio 263 as James Chari, was remanded to August 7 on $200 bail.

As part of his bail conditions, he was ordered to surrender his passport, report once a week at the police's CID Serious Fraud Squad and not interfere with witnesses.

Prosecutor Sharon Mashavira alleged that sometime in March, Tandi approached the couple, who were preparing for a wedding.

He reportedly lied that he was a choreographer employed by Cresta Lodge and that he had successfully planned Bona Mugabe's wedding.

The complainants engaged Tandi and were charged $1,000 before receiving a quotation of $30,000 which would be for the total wedding cost.
 
Tandi received $20,000 to start the job and was later given another $9,000.

He then went to Pabani Lodge with the complainants for payment of venue, but failed to do so because the secretary was not available that day.

On another date, Tandi brought a list of payments which he purported to have done, written on a Miracle Magic Weddings letterhead.

The letterhead raised suspicion because it was of a different company from the one Indi had used when he clinched the contract.

The complainants then proceeded to Pabani and found that only $2,000 had been paid instead of $4,000 as listed on the price list.

They (complainants) also discovered that $2,500 instead of $5,000 had been paid for d├ęcor, and nothing had been paid for the cake designer, catering and event stationery.

This prompted the complainants to report the matter to the police.

Tandi then returned $3,000 to the complainants through Ecocash after realising that the matter had been reported to the police.




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