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Gweru man up for US$5 million fraud - Zimbabwe Morning Post
July 23, 2019
A Gweru man has been hauled before a Harare magistrate facing fraud charges on allegations of intentionally misleading Axia Cooperation Limited after he told the company that he was the a consultant of a Malaysian company called Anametrics Holdings limited causing a loss of close to USD$5million.
Tauya Langton Makoni (35) appeared before a Harare Magistrate Barbra Mateko facing charges of fraud.
Makoni was released on $2000 bail .
The State led by Sebastian Mutizirwa alleges that in November 2017, Ray Rambanapasi the Axia Corporation Limited’s Finance Director made a discussion with his colleague Raymond Nyamuziwa to effect that Axia Operations Limited was looking for companies which can facilitate payments to their foreign suppliers.
During thatsame period, Rambanapasi was engaged by the accused’s accomplices, DrChristopher Vurombo Hokonyo and Zivanai Michael Moyo who stated that they werereferred by Raymond Nyamuziwa and that they were consultants of a Malaysiancompany called Anametrics Holdingslimited ,which has a fund project company in Zimbabwe by the name Alba Consolidated.They misrepresented that Anametrics had a capacity to pay out foreignsuppliers using confirmed letters of credit and as a result, Axia Cooperationand the accused persons agreed that Makoni would issue confirmed letters ofcredit and Axia Cooperation would then release the funds locally.
The State also heard that Makoni agreed with Axia Cooperation Limited that he would send confirmed letters of credit from their different companies in South Africa of the equivalence to USD5million, in turn the Axia Cooperation was to deposit the equivalent in the accused persons’ Zimbabwean accounts .
Theagreement was made and signed by Ray Rambanapasi and his boss John Koumidesbefore it was sent to Dr Chutamas Vongvorakit , one whom the accused stated that was the Chief Executive officerof the Anametrics.
In February 2018, the accused emailed Axia Cooperation citing that they had obtained letters of Credit and Axia Operations Limited was then supposed to release the funds in their FBC account, and on 16 February 2018, Axia Cooperation then transferred USD$4 96 6507.
After the stipulated time of 45 days , Axia Cooperation noted that no payments had been made.
Axia Cooperation started chasing on the accused who started giving excuses that their account had been blocked in South Africa hence they were not able to make payments and that they wanted some time to settle their issues with South Africa.
Further investigations revealed Makoni transferred USD$250 000 to each of his accomplices, bought 3186 bales of tobacco worth US$2 2 million, jewellery equipment worth RTGS180 000, and motor vehicles, which were all seized.