A 61 year old Bulawayo woman appeared in Harare Magistrate Court today for conning Public Service Commission money amounting to US$11 942,83.
It is alleged that Nokhuthula Sogutsa, the accused, was employed by the Ministry of Youth, Gender and Employment Creation from January 1981 to May 2003 . Upon her retirement from service the accused submitted her pension forms to the Public Service Commision (Pensions office).
The claim was processed in October 2003 and a cheque of ZW$2 490 412, 79 was deposited into her Barclays Bank account. On 10th of December 2014 , Nokhuthula then submitted yet another claim of US$11 942,83 claiming that she had not claimed it before.
The Public Service Commission through a vigilant officer , Simbarashe Matengaifa discovered the fraudulent claim before the payment was made.
speaking to Zimolnine news , the accused’s daughter claimed that her mother was framed by the complainant.
“My mother was actually surprised of the allegations. She was not given her pension money as of yet and she is going to prove it and if Mr Matengaifa is telling the truth, we will have to see that. They are only framing her and I don’t know the reason behind,” said Nokhuthula’s daughter.
The accused was granted a $100 bail and is expected to appear in court again in October.