A ZIMRA clearing agent was yesterday dragged to court charged for theft of trust property worth US$18 000 after he reportedly duped a client after the funds had been deposited into his account.
The suspect, Christopher Mujakachi, 43, was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Judith Taruvinga.
The complainant is David Mufukwa, the director of Rev Auto Car Sales located at the corner of Cumberland and Enterprise Road in Newlands, where he is in the business of buying and selling cars.
The court heard that on November 10 last year, Mufukwa wanted to clear and pay duty for his imported Toyota Hilux double cab at Beitbridge Border Post, and he approached Mujakachi who stated that he needed to verify the full amount of duty to be paid.
The court heard that on November 12, Mujakachi advised Mufukwa that US$18000 was needed for duty payment and went on to supply him with a clearing agent EcoBank Zimra account number belonging to Enver Freight Pvt Ltd.
Mufukwa is reported to have transferred the money and he was promised that the vehicle would be cleared within three days but the time lapsed and Mujakachi became evasive and when he engaged ZIMRA, he was told that the money had been used to clear other vehicles prompting him to make a police report.
Linda Gadzikwa appeared for the State.