|Bogus estate agent nabbed|
|Wednesday, 11 July 2012 17:43|
A bogus estate agent from Chitungwiza is facing nine counts of defrauding desperate home seekers of thousands of dollars.
The state represented by Mr Michael Reza alleges that Shingirai Mapurazi, who was operating an illegal estate agency in Chitungwiza, flighted various advertisements in the press, selling residential stands in Harare’s affluent suburbs and Chitungwiza.
However, the stands and houses on offer belonged to other people some of whom are in the diaspora.
Mapurazi, who is currently in custody, is alleged to have used the same tactics to dupe nine people of their hard earned cash.
In March 2010, Mapurazi allegedly ran adverts claiming he was selling a residential stand in Vainona.
The complainant paid US$27 500 and an agreement of sale was signed between the two parties.
It is further alleged that the accused failed to transfer the title deeds of the stand and investigations indicated that the accused was not the owner of the stand.
Mapurazi is further alleged to have duped eight other home seekers of cash varying from US$15 000 to US$60 000.
Nothing has been recovered so far.
According to the state papers, the accused’s estate agency, Moonwave Properties, was trading as MAPS Asset Management and is not registered in terms of section 26 of the Estate Agents Act.