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UZ medical student arrested again for another fraud

A UNIVERSITY of Zimbabwe (UZ) student of Medicine, Kundai Teswa, has been arrested for the second time inside two months after he allegedly duped other students who intended to switch their programmes at the institution by making them pay him US$200. Teswa was in June arrested for defrauding student nurses of various sums of money.

Teswa (24) of Chitungwiza was remanded on $5 000 bail to August 23.

Teswa was on Friday arraigned before Harare magistrate Judith Taruvinga charged with fraud

On social media and within his circles, Teswa claims he has an intelligence quotient of 198, saying that he is the third most intelligent Zimbabwean. He says he is a lover of Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, the subjects he studied and excelled in at A-Level.

The State alleged that on December 9 last year at the South African embassy in Harare, Teswa connived with his suspected accomplice Peace Chipere, who appeared in court on Saturday, and masqueraded as Ephraim Anesu Gandanzara.

The duo allegedly misrepresented through a WhatsApp group that they were UZ employees who could facilitate change of programmes for students.

Acting on the misrepresentation, the unsuspecting complainant engaged Teswa and Chipere, and he was made to send US$100 through the Mukuru money transfer facility to Gandanzara.

The complainant later made his own investigations with officials from the UZ, and he discovered that he had been duped.

UZ officials then made investigations with the assistance of Mukuru officials.

They discovered that the accused person and his accomplice withdrew money at a Mukuru branch at Groombrige Spar in Mount Pleasant, Harare, on July 23, 2021.

On July 28, 2021, the accused was arrested at the same Mukuru branch while attempting to withdraw US$$100 sent by another victim identified as Daniel Nembaware. Upon arrest, Teswa was allegedly found in possession of a national identity card in the name of Gandanzara, and a cellphone with an Econet line containing the messages which confirmed various amounts sent to the account by different victims through the Mukuru facility.

This is the second fraud case Teswa has been involved in in just two months after he defrauded than 26 prospective nursing students in June by flighting fake recruitment advertisements on social media platforms. This came out when Teswa and his three accomplices Peace Chipere, Tanaka Chimhondoro and Collins Mpofu, appeared at the Harare Magistrates Court in June charged with fraud.

The matter is still pending.

It is alleged that the accused persons connived to defraud prospective nursing applicants and crafted a fake nurse training recruitment advertisement on social media on June 20 this year.

Tsitsi Makusha and 26 others responded to the advert and were made to transfer various amounts of money into an EcoCash account which was fraudulently registered in the name of Nontando Solani and Augustine Muzondo.

The Health and Child Care ministry then saw the advert in various media outlets and dismissed it as fake. On June 23, police detectives received information that the accused persons were the ones that crafted the fake advert. They were then arrested.

It is alleged the police recovered the Econet Sim card used in the scam. They also recovered a national identity card in the name of Augustine Muzondo. Chimhondoro and Mpofu were arrested while committing the offence.

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