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SILINDENI Lynn Chireshe, a revenue specialist with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has appeared in court for allegedly stealing $2, 210 from her employer.

She appeared before a Masvingo magistrate, Tafadzwa Mhlanga, on Monday facing theft charges. She was remanded out of custody for further trial.

The court heard that Chireshe collected company revenue amounting to US$2, 210 which she did not deposit and proceeded to file unstamped bank deposit slips, as if she had deposited the money.

Chireshe pleaded not guilty to the charge of theft, claiming that the money had miraculously disappeared in her hands.

The state argues that on August 27, 2014, at ZIMRA offices in Masvingo, Chireshe received US$2, 210 and R8, 280 which she was supposed to deposit at the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ) in Masvingo. Instead she only deposited R8, 280, while the US$2, 210 remained unaccounted for.

The discovery of the alleged theft took place when another ZIMRA official Hazvinei Mavis Banda was doing some bank reconciliation for the week.

Banda discovered that the accused had filed deposit slips that were not stamped by CBZ bank.

When asked about the matter, the accused volunteered to go back to CBZ so that the deposit slips would be stamped. The court heard that her duties at ZIMRA include revenue collection from officers in the field, as well as banking.

The court was told that after three days Chireshe then approached other CBZ officials for the deposit slips to be fraudulently stamped, while avoiding the bank teller to whom she had initially deposited the money.

The CBZ computer system only reflected a deposit of R8 280 but not the US$2, 210.

The state also produced a CBZ bank camera footage revealing that the accused did not deposit US$2, 210. However, Chireshe disputed the camera footage saying she did not believe in the results reflected by the bank camera.

The trial is continuing

Source : New Zimbabwe