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Gold dealer loses US$10 000

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Three men have been arrested for allegedly duping gold dealers of US$30 000 in a botched mining deal.

The trio of Daniel Pfavai of Norton, Brian Sibanda, and Evans Ruvai (both from Chinhoyi) are facing one count of fraud in Nyanga.

Pfavai is said to be also wanted for other fraud cases he allegedly committed elsewhere.

Portia Chinho, the Provincial Community Relations and Liaison Officer confirmed the arrest.

“On the 2nd of June 2020, acting in connivance, the suspects contacted the complainant who is a known gold dealer on the pretext that they were selling a mine in Nyanga for US$30 000.

“The complainant got interested and negotiated with the suspects and settled at US$10 000.

“They agreed to meet in Nyanga on 3 June 2020 and seal the deal.

“The complainant proceeded to Nyanga as agreed and met with the suspects. He made the payment of the agreed US$10 000.

“Just as the suspects left the complainant realized that he had been duped and made a police report.

“Investigations carried out led to the arrest of the suspects in Harare.

“They appeared at Nyanga Magistrates Court on 15 June 2020 where they were remanded out of custody to 30 June 2020 for trial,” said Detective Chinho.

Added Chinho:

“Meanwhile, Daniel Pfavai is also wanted in connection with several other fraud cases that occurred in and around the country where he was targeting gold dealers.

“In one of the cases which he committed in Kadoma together with his six accomplices who are still at large, they approached the complainant and misrepresented that they were selling gold.

“The complainant got interested and paid a total amount of ZW$48 000-00 and USD$2 000-00.

“It was during the purification process that the complainant realized that the alleged gold was fake.”

The police have since warned the public against engaging in illegal deals.

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