A suspected fraudster has been arrested for allegedly defrauding a Harare man of $22 million in a Zimra (Zimbabwe Revenue Authority) duty payment scam.
Justice Mahuni allegedly contacted a man named Stanley Kamukapa through an acquaintance, telling him he needed to pay Zimra $22 million in duties using swipe. Mahuni promised Kamukapa $13,500 if he did the payment.
Kamukapa insisted that Mahuni should give him the money first before making the payment. Mahuni sent Kamukapa to his accomplice, a woman named Zviitei Muboko at a hotel to collect the money.
Muboko told Kamukapa that she had the money but would only hand it over after he made the Zimra payment. Kamukapa went ahead and paid $22 million into a Zimra account using a transaction reference number provided by Mahuni, in the presence of Muboko.
However, after the payment, Muboko did not give Kamukapa the promised money. She claimed Zimra had to confirm the transaction first.
When Kamukapa tried contacting Mahuni and Muboko later, they became evasive. He then reported the matter to police. Mahuni was arrested but no money has been recovered yet. Muboko is still at large.
Mahuni has been remanded in custody while the court considers his bail application.