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Harare lawyer Simbarashe Tsaurai, who is accused of swindling US$35 000 deposited by clients in a Tsaurai, Tafirei and Chikwari Law Firm trust account, is facing fresh charges of processing fake High Court orders. Tsaurai (30) of Cranborne, appeared before Harare provincial magistrate Mr Douglas Chikwekwe on Monday facing the fresh charge.

On his other two charges of theft of trust property, Tsaurai was put to his defence after the court ruled that he had a case to answer.

In the fresh matter, the complainant is Ricky Maparanyanga of Hwedza Growth Point who sold his plot in Harare to Select Housing Trust sometime in 2005.

It is alleged that Maparanyanga realised that upon subdividing the plot, he violated Harare City Council regulations and sought to cancel the deal.

Select Housing Trust then sued Maparanyanga at the High Court.

The court heard that on September 22 2011, Tsaurai produced a fake withdrawal letter purporting it was from Select Housing Trust lawyer.

It is alleged that he manufactured more fake High Court orders which he gave to Select Housing Trust aising them to present them to City of Harare so that subdivision could be effected.

City of Harare discovered that the documents were fraudulent and Select Housing Trust was informed, prompting them to report the matter to the police. In the case of theft of trust property, the first complainant was Hosiah Ncube (52) who approached Tsaurai, Tafirei and Chikwari Law Firm to engage their services to follow up on the $25 000 he was owed by Jeffrey Joseph.

On January 28, Joseph reportedly deposited $25 000 into Tsaurai, Tafirei and Chikwari Law Firm’s NMB bank account which Tsaurai withdrew.

Tsaurai allegedly converted the money to personal use and became evasive, prompting Ncube to report the matter to the police.

The second count concerns David Matanda (66) who, in June last year, subdivided his property at No. 53 Scott Road in Harare and sold it for $25 000.

It is alleged that on June 16, Matanda received a call from Tsaurai stating that he was to surrender the money to Tsaurai, Tafirei and Chikwari Law Firm’s account number pending cession of the property.

Matanda transferred US$10 000 into the law firm’s NMB account and Tsaurai allegedly withdrew the money and converted it to his personal use.

Source : The Herald