A Mabvuku man who was masquerading as a VID official was yesterday dragged to court charged for fraud after he reportedly demanded US$150 bribe to facilitate the release of an impounded vehicle.
The suspect Alex Mapedza, 43, was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Judith Taruvinga.
He was released on $3 000 bail.
The complainant is John Moyoa, the director of Wera Logistics.
Allegations are that on December 23, Moyoa’s truck was impounded by the police and was handed over to VID Eastlea depot for inspection pending clearance.
The court heard that on December 27, Moyoa was advised by VID officials that $4 000 was required as inspection fees but he failed to pay the money since the VID cash office had been closed and when he returned the following day, intending to pay the inspection fees, he was approached by Mapedza.
Mapedza reportedly told the complainant that he had the capacity to facilitate the release of the car since he is ‘well connected’ with VID officials and that an amount of US$150 was needed to facilitate the whole process.
Mapedza was arrested after receiving US$70 trap money.