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A city car dealer who was arrested at his wedding this week will spend the Christmas holiday in remand prison after he was denied bail. Tinashe Edward Mutengwa (23) of No. 421 Pomona Drive, Borrowdale, Harare, was arrested on December 22 in the midst of his nuptials on allegations of duping CBZ Bank and Ecobank employees in car deals. Mutengwa, who is suspected to be on the Odzi police’s wanted list on allegations of rape, appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Milton Serima facing fraud charges.

He was remanded in custody to December 29 for his bail ruling.

Mutengwa was accused of swindling Sarudzai Gurure and Colleta Beni of US$14 000.

Prosecutor Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa alleged that sometime in July this year Gurure and Beni, who were looking for cars to buy, were referred to Mutengwa.

Mutengwa allegedly imported two Toyota Fortuners, each with a R165 000 price tag, which was equivalent to US$15 544,04 payable through a transfer and another US$6 000 was required for duty.

It is alleged Mutengwa imported the cars and allegedly evaded paying duty. He also allegedly asked for an additional US$1 000 each from Gurure and Beni, which he said was a shortfall on duty.

The court heard that he later went to on deliver the car at Gurure’s house with registration number ADL 2699 but the car was seized by ZIMRA on the grounds that it had been smuggled into the country.

Gurure is said to have lost US$7 000 in the deal.

Beni also lost cash after she entered into a deal in which Mutengwa was supposed to import a Toyota Fortuner from South Africa.

It was said that the car was also seized by ZIMRA on the basis that it was smuggled into the country although it had a registration of ADL 5503.

She also suffered a prejudice of US$7 000 in the deal.

Source : The Herald