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A RETIRED army officer was slapped with a six month jail term after he faked his wife’s death in an attempt to defraud CABS Bank.

Kenneth Zhangazha, 58, of Livestock Farm in Mutare appeared before magistrate Annia Ndiraya facing charges of trying to defraud the bank of $1000 by faking his wife’s death.

He was convicted on his own plea of guilty but was lucky after Ndiraya suspended the six-month jail term due to his failing health.

Prosecutor Douglas Mutiure told the court that on April 10 Zhangazha, who is a Cabs Funeral Benefit Plan policy holder, went to the bank and aised a Financial Aisor, Edmund Mhlanga, that his wife, Isabel Chihururu, had died.

Zhangazha went to the bank with his policy documents and a letter which he claimed had been written by village head Chirikuutsi confirming the death.

The letter was even certified at Meikles Park by a Commissioner of Oaths named Patrick Ndlovu.

While Mhlanga was in the process of informing the Cabs Funeral Benefit Plan’s Administrator, Zhangazha stopped him from proceeding with the claim saying he was lying.

The matter was reported to the police leading to Zhangazha’s arrest on fraud charges.

Asked why he committed the offence Zhangazha said: “Your Worship, I wanted money to buy food”.

Source : New Zimbabwe