A SECURITY guard in Bulawayo allegedly duped a 47-year-old man of his US$250 after promising to help him secure a liquor license.
Jethro Musopingura (34) from Gwabalanda Suburb and is employed at Guardian Security as a security guard duped Mr Ndabezinhle Mpofu of Northend Suburb of his money after promising him to get a liquor license for him.
Musopingura was not asked to plead to charges of fraud when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Ms Linear Khumalo who then remanded him in custody till September 16.
The court heard that Musopingura took fingerprints and a permit of Mr Mpofu for processing the license and made Mr Mpofu to believe that he would get a liquor license from him.
Musopingura kept on promising Mr Mpofu that he will get the license for him for a year.
Representing the state, Mr Milton Moyo said Musopingura could not fulfill the promise of securing a liquor license as per their agreement.
“The allegations are that within the period ranging from November 2019 and December 2020, Musopingura received US$250 from Mr Mpofu after having an agreement that he would help him to get a liquor license. Musopingura took the permit and fingerprints for processing the license. The accused person failed to fulfill the promise and kept on promising to give him the license,” he said.
Musopingura could not give the license to Mr Mpofu or his money back till August this year, and Mr Mpofu reported the matter to the police leading to the arrest of the accused.
Last month, Police in Bulawayo launched a manhunt for a bogus real estate agent who allegedly fleeced members of the public including the late businessman Ernest Tekere of Home Guard Security services of about US$200 000.
Police urged members of the public to be cautious when dealing with such proclaimed company managers as they risk being duped of their hard-earned cash and insist on visiting places to verify if possible, for due diligence.