A Marondera man who allegedly misrepresented that he is a South African Embassy employee before duping a student of US$200 meant for a study visa appeared in court last week.
Patrick Simbi was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa charged with fraud. He was remanded to February 8.
Prosecuting, Sebastian Mutizirwa alleges that Simbi approached Tanaka Chali at South African Embassy, Second Street Extension in Harare who wanted to apply for a study visa. He reportedly misrepresented to Chali that he is an employee at the embassy and he is in a position to assist him since the embassy had relocated to Borrowdale.
Chali, desperate to get the visa reportedly got interested and was made to pay a sum of US$200 of which US$110 was channeled through Ecocash for visa processing. Simbi allegedly issued a receipt inscribed South African Embassy to Chali which gave him confidence that he was dealing with the right person.
Three days later Chali reportedly made frantic effort to locate and collect his document but Simbi could not be located. On January 18 after Chali made a report to the police, Simbi was arrested and he implicated his accomplice only identified as Cutter who is still on the run.