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A MASVINGO man allegedly stole and spent over $7,000 of his cousin’s pension after misrepresenting himself to the Zimbabwe National Pensions Office, a local court heard Friday.

Misheck Parere, 41, from the high density suburb of Mucheke B, Pangolin, pleaded not guilty to fraud when he appeared before Masvingo Magistrate Tafadzwa Mhlanga.

In his defence, Misheck argued that he was being framed by his cousin William Parere who had misused his pension when he retired.

However, prosecutor Shamiso Makovere told the court that in June this year, Micheck misrepresented himself to the Zimbabwe National Pension’s Office and withdrew his William pension totalling $7,500.

William of Mbeva Village, Chief Chipindu in Chivi had just retired from Ngomahuru Hospital where he was employed as a guard.

The court heard that Misheck, who is currently employed at the Ministry of Health and Child Care Masvingo, somehow managed to obtain his cousin’s identity information which he used in the con.

He then proceeded to the Mwenezi district registrar’s offices where he obtained a duplicate identity card in William’s name.

In June this year, Misheck used the fraudulently obtained documents to withdraw William’s outstanding pension benefits.

He then spent most of the cash, the prosecutor said.

The court remanded him in custody to 17 December for continuation of trial.

Source : New Zimbabwe