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Cash scam leaves farmer with 32 tonnes of maize loss

Chen Williams

THE managing director of Bright Birsir (Pvt) Ltd, trading as Jena Maputi, has been dragged to court on allegations of defrauding a farmer of nearly 32 tonnes of maize valued at US$7 935 in a cash delivery deal.

Bright Mugorogodi appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Dennis Mangosi facing fraud charges, and his bail applications were opposed by Prosecutor Mr Anesu Chirenje under the confidence that the accused was a flight risk.

According to the court, Mugorogodi contacted Munyaradzi Salani sometime in May false assuring that he was able to purchase the grain from him and pay cash on delivery.

The State highlighted that Salani informed Mugorogodi of his 31.74 tonnes of maize for sale at a price of US$250 per ton, and thereafter Mugorogodi promised to make payment to Salani upon delivery of the maize.

Salani, on the 25th May, loaded the 31.74 tonnes of maize onto a truck and made the delivery to Bright Birsir (Pvt) Ltd premises in New Prospect Industrial Area in Harare.

Mugorogodi told Salani to allow offloading of the maize and reassured him that his cash payment was going to be made once the counting of it was complete in a nearby office.

The court heard that instead of following through on the agreement, Mugorogodi allegedly disappeared and switched off his cellphones.

Salani later realised he had been swindled when Mugorogodi became evasive and unreachable.

It is the State’s case that Salani made several efforts to contact Mugorogodi and to repossess his maize to no avail, hence making a police report that led to Mugorogodi’s arrest.

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