Man Steals $3 million, Buys Beer Worth $160,000



A 29-year-old Harare man was arrested for stealing ZWL$3 million dollars through cloning bank cards.

Tinotenda Chinyemba was remanded in custody pending bail ruling when he appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi, ZimLive reports

Chinyemba, who is facing charges of unauthorized possession and use of debit cards, is alleged to have cloned a POSB debit card and purchased beer worth ZWL$160 thousand, and made ten other transactions of ZWL$10 thousand each.

It is in the States case that on May 15 this year, Chinyemba in the company of one Aurther Moyo – who is at large – “cloned” a POSB debit card.

It is alleged that on May 28 between 3 PM and 8 PM, Chinyemba and Moyo went to Pochiet Complex in Zengeza 2, Chitungwiza, and purchased beer worth Z$160,000 and made 10 transactions of Z$10,000 RTGS.

They spent Z$260,000 in total.

It is further alleged that on June 11, police detectives received information that the accused used a cloned card and made a transaction of ZWL$30 thousand at an Agribank POS machine intending to get United States dollars.

On the same date at around 12PM, detectives intercepted Chinyemba’s vehicle, but Moyo jumped off and outpaced the police officers.

Chinyemba was arrested and taken to Zengeza Police Station where he was interviewed. A search of his vehicle turned up a POSB bank card.

The prosecution alleges that he attempted to break the card during his arrest. He was also found with an ITEL phone which he broke during his arrest.

ZWL$12 870 was recovered out of the ZWL$3 million that was stolen.

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