FAKE PAPERS GANG BUSTED: Soldier runs printing business that made fake exam certificates for cash

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An army sergeant has appeared in court accused of forging school certificates to help a student apply for a scholarship in Poland.

Farai Chauke, a graphic designer who runs Red Haven Media, was charged along with his two unemployed accomplices Joel and Michael Sikaliveni.

They appeared before Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje on Thursday.

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The Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) laid the complaint after discovering that certificates owned by Nkosikhona Gumpo and Rodney Ndlovu had allegedly been tampered with and used by Sandile Biancah Mabhena to apply for the scholarship, The Standard reported.

Investigators say the fake ‘O’ Level certificate contained 10 passes while the ‘A’ Level certificate was also forged, according to the media report.

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Mabhena reportedly achieved only O Levels, sitting her exams in 2020.

Prosecutors claim Mabhena paid a man named Bonani Ncube, still at large, US$720 to forge the certificates. Ncube then allegedly employed Chauke to design the fakes.

When police searched Chauke’s printing business, they reportedly found other stolen certificates belonging to different people.


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