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NetOne cashier went on a car shopping spree, after $150m theft, court hears

A CASHIER employed by NetOne is said to have gone on a shopping spree, buying several vehicles, including a Toyota GD6 twin cab, three Mercedes Benz sedans and two BMW sedans, after allegedly duping his employer of $150 million.

The suspect, Daniel Kalira, 39, appeared in court on Saturday.

He allegedly stole over $150m in an airtime voucher scam that went on for over two years.

He was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Yeukai Dzuda who released him on $20 000 bail.

It is alleged that from January 2020 to 23 May 2022, Kalira stole airtime from NetOne by falsifying his sales of airtime on the stock issue vouchers, which he dispatched to Netone sales agents.

Investigations conducted by ZACC show that on the 25th of August 2021, the accused allegedly falsified issue voucher number 77064, where he indicated that he dispatched 17400 airtime cards of $100.

Instead, Kalira had allegedly dispatched 80300 cards valued at $100 each, depriving NetOne of $7 990 000,00.

On January 26, Kalira allegedly falsified stock issue voucher number 77067 by indicating that he dispatched a total of 5917 cards of $100 each when he had dispatched 28416 cards depriving NetOne of $2 250 000,00.

An audit to ascertain the actual amount stolen from NetOne is still ongoing.

Kalira is alleged to have used the money to buy several vehicles including a Toyota GD6 twin cab, three Mercedes Benz sedans and two BMW sedans.

All the vehicles were recovered by ZACC investigators.

-hmetro

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