Two suspected Harare fraudsters have appeared in court facing charges of defrauding prospective diamonds buyers.Paul Bhebhe and Tonderai Kanyangarara are alleged to have misrepresented to various business people that they were agents for Mbada Diamond Company and could facilitate the buying of gemstones.
The state alleges that on the 6th of July, Bhebhe and Kanyangarara together with two others who are still at large approached a South African company, ABCH, and misrepresented themselves as Mbada Diamond agents.
The state further alleges that the suspected fraudsters went to Mbada head office in Borrowdale where they approached Munyaradzi Manyaya and purported to be the head of minerals division in the Ministry of the Presidentâ€™s Office.
They claimed that they had potential diamond buyers.
However, they were turned down. The suspects are understood to have proceeded to one of the complainant where they demanded US$20 000 upfront to facilitate the deal.
On the third occasion the suspected gangsters approached another South African company, Thomas Diamond Cutting and misrepresented that they could facilitate the buying of diamonds.
They demanded US$20 000 which they said was for staff members of Mbada Diamonds Company.
However, the complainants reported them to the police and a trap was set up leading to their arrest.
The duo has been released on US$100 bail each.