Four former Grain Marketing Board (GMB) employees will serve 630 hours each of community service after being convicted of defrauding GMB of $6557 in a botched maize deal.

Caston Mukute (34) Milton Tangwena (44) John Mukamba (44) and Tichaona Sunguro (33) were sentenced to 24 months imprisonment by a Mutare magistrate for defrauding Bumba GMB depot in Chimanimani.

However, six months of their sentence was suspended for five years on condition they will not commit a similar offense in the next five years and the remaining 18 months were suspended on condition they each perform 630 hours of community service.

Facts leading to their conviction are that the four falsified proforma receipts stating that they received a total of 320 bags of white maize from their wives and that their wives were to be paid$6 557 by GMB.

The quartet’s fraudulent activities came to light when GMB checked proforma invoices written by the four and inquired with their wives if the information purporting to their maize deliveries to GMB was correct, instead the wives denied having brought maize to GMB and the quartet was handed over to the police.

Magistrate Tendai Mahwe presided over the matter while Tawananyasha Muuya prosecuted.