By Elizabeth Mashiri & Grace Zvenyika
Triangle & Masvingo- Seven employees from Triangle Limited, a sugar milling company in Chiredzi have been arrested and appeared before Chiredzi residential Magistrate Tayengwa Chibanda for allegedly defrauding the company of 330 tonnes of sugar using fake invoices. Another eight employees are said to be on the run.
The suspects who defrauded the company include Douglas Kutadzaushe, Lovemore Museva, Richard Ngwebu, Samuel Zingoni, Alfonce Chiminya, Joe Marufu and Noel Todini who were arrested on January 28 this year.
It is the State’s case that within the period of February 15, 2013 to July 13, 2013 and at a Triangle mill, the group connived to steal sugar from Triangle Limited using fake invoices.
The State heard that the accused persons are employed in different departments of the company ranging from the marketing department to the security.
The value of the sugar is US$305 240. The accused allegedly produced fake invoices and weigh bridge tickets and gave the documents to their buyers and the truck driver identified as Mabusu Nine who transported 180 tonnes to Renias Madende of Nembudziya business centre in Gokwe who was also arrested while 150 tonnes were sold to Samaz and Sisters in Harare.
The fake invoices and weigh bridge tickets were recovered and produced as evidence in court.
In their defence the accused allegely said that they did not give their statements freely because they were assaulted in the process. The seven were however remanded to February 18 for trial on bail of US$100 each.
Meanwhile in an unrelated story in the same province a Masvingo man has appeared in court after stealing 30 crates from a Pick ‘n Pay supermarket.
Simbarashe Winnick Matsikidze (29) appeared before Masvingo Magistrate Timeon facing theft charges. He was convicted and ordered to perform 120 hours of community service at Kyle Pre School recently.
Matsikidze resides at Zawaira Garage in the Mucheke light industrial area.
Prosecutor Tafadzwa Mhlanga told the court that on January 26 at around 0600 hours the accused cut off the fence at Pick ‘n Pay and entered into a cage used as a storeroom and took 30 empty crates valued at US$6 each. The crates are used to store tomatoes.
Matsikidze went on to sell the crates to various people. The manager at Pick ‘n Pay discovered that some empty crates were missing and reported the matter to the police. Some 24 crates were recovered from Matsikidze while six were not accounted for. The total value of the stolen crates is US$900.