A FAKE money dealer was last week nabbed at a local Eco-cash agent booth when he tried to use $150 fake notes.
Appearing before senior Mutare magistrate Mrs Sekai Chiundura, Admire Zvidzai Sakarombe (23), of House Number 599, Chikanga Phase 1, pleaded guilty to the charges he was facing of trying to send fake money through Eco-cash as defined in Section 40 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9.23 (possession of articles for criminal use) alternatively “fraud”.
Mr Donald Mudadirwa prosecuted.
The court heard that on January 14, Sakarombe went to Saurombe Mark Brands Shop intending to make an Eco-cash transaction.
He proceeded to booth Number 5 with three fake $50 notes with serial numbers MG02228991A, MG0222891A and ML04381949A and tendered them to Chipo Chemhere, the Eco-cash agent, to process the transaction.
Chemhere physically checked the notes before she could process the transaction and discovered that they were fake.
“Chemhere informed Sakarombe that the notes he had tendered for the transaction were fake. Sakarombe walked away from the booth,” he said.
After walking away for a few metres, Sakarombe took to his heels and Chemhere raised alarm. Security personnel gave chase and apprehended him.
In his defence, Sakarombe said he was given the money by the person he had sold his room-divider and a small fridge.
“I sold my property, Your Worship, and I was given the fake money by the buyer. I did not check whether the money was genuine or not,” said Sakarombe.
Mrs Chiundura had no kind words for Sakarombe as she described him as heartless because he did not care that the agent would lose her job.
“Cases like these are on the rise and I am going to give you a stiff sentence which will serve as an example to others,” said Mrs Chiundura.
She remanded Sakarombe in custody to January 26 for sentencing.