By Samuel Kadungure
A RUSAPE man, Taurai Chiruka, was arrested on allegations of defrauding his employer, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe $40 000 worth of airtime recharge cards.
Chiruka, who was employed as a cashier at the giant mobile network provider’s
outlet opposite TM Supermarket in Rusape, was last week arraigned before a Rusape provincial magistrate, Mr Shingi Mutiro, facing theft charges as defined by Section 113 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reforms Act, Chapter 9:23.
Chiruka was remanded to August 5 for trial, on $100 bail.
It was the State case by Mr Tafara Chawatama that the suspect caused the disappearance of four cartons of airtime worth $40 000.
Each carton contained 2 000 airtime recharge cards worth $5 each.
Chiruka, who was being represented by Rusape lawyers, Mr Leonard Chigadza and Mr Taurai Khupe – both of Chigadza and Associates Legal Practitioners – is denying the charges.
Mr Chawatama told the court that Churuka unlawfully prejudiced Econet Rusape the first carton which had 2 000x$5 recharge cards serial numbers 768424001 to 7680426000 starting July 2012.
When his employer failed to notice the offence, Chiruka allegedly fleeced his employer of the second carton with 2 000x$5 recharge cards serial numbers 7680432001 to 768043400.
He allegedly pounced again and caused the disappearance of the third carton with another 2 000x$5 recharge cards serial numbers 7680436001 to 7680438000.
Mr Chawatama said by June 2013, Chiruka had allegedly defrauded his employer the fourth carton containing 2 000x$5 recharge cards serial numbers 7680438001 to 7680440000.
Mr Chawatama said total Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Rusape branch was allegedly prejudiced $40 000 of which nothing was recovered.
The discrepancies were exposed during an audit.