Arenel supervisor defrauds company of US$237 000

Danisa Masuku

A FORMER Arenel stores supervisor appeared for trial before a Bulawayo regional magistrate facing charges of defrauding the company of US$ 237 096 14.

Evans Tasara Gwemende (34) from Sizinda suburb in Bulawayo appeared for trial before magistrate Mathew Mutiro facing a fraud charge. He pleaded not guilty.

However, after a trial, he was found guilty. He was remanded in custody to 4 April for sentencing. In convicting him the magistrate said the state proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

The magistrate said Gwemende failed to prove to the court why he had his private book which he used to “cook figures” and present fictitious figures to management.

A court heard that on 19 March this year, the company carried out an internal audit. The audit unearthed anomalies as the company books failed to balance and the discrepancy raised eyebrows.

The audit also revealed that Gwemende made some adjustments to the raw materials figures and stated that they were issued while they were not.

Gwemende stopped going to work. Following that, company authorities reported the matter to the police.

Criminal investigators from the Commercial Crimes Division(CCD) meticulously carried out investigations and finally caught up with him leading to his arrest.

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