Zim woman swindles Simama, granted bail

Zimbabwean woman, who was arrested last week on charges of defrauding a Malawian subsidiary company in a maize buying scam, has been granted $100 bail by a Harare provincial magistrate, according to NewsDay Online report.

Tabeth Makombe (41) allegedly swindled Simama General Dealer — a Malawian company — of $83 562 in March last year.

She approached Simama General Dealer IN March 2011 and misrepresented to company representative, Jarvis Njala that she was the director of a non-existent NGO,  Zimbabwe Scholars Trust Organisation – Feed The Hungry,  according to David Magwegwe prosecuting.

The Harare based woman allegedly placed an order of 300 tonnes of maize worth $83 562 and entered into an agreement with the Malawian firm.

The whole amount was to be paid upon delivery of the entire consignment.

Magwegwe said between March 10 and 24, the firm delivered the maize to Makombe at a warehouse in Marlborough, but the accused only paid $26 000.

Thereafter, it is alleged, the accused disappeared and on January 5 this year, the complainant filed a police report at CID Serious Fraud Squad, leading to Makombe’s arrest the following day.

She was remanded out of custody to January 23 by magistrate Kudakwashe Jarabini.

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