A Harare man who forged his Zimsec Advanced Level certificate and used it to get a degree at a university in Poland was yesterday fined of US$300.
Tafadzwa Nyatondo (28) was convicted of fraud on his own plea of guilty by Harare Magistrate Ms Feresi Chakanyuka.
If he does not pay the fine, Nyatondo will serve six months imprisonment, two months of which were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
His arrest earlier this month came after a copy of his fraudulent Advanced Level certificate that was found in the computer of suspected serial fraudster Molyn Mugodi.
Mugodi, who is currently out on bail, is suspected to have been running an operation where she was forging birth and academic certificates.
The State alleged that sometime between 2021 and 2022, Nyatondo with the intention of securing a place to study towards a Diploma in Business Administration in Poland, approached Admire Manyemba who is an agent of International Institutions and submitted his application.
However, Nyatondo’s highest qualification at that moment was Ordinary Level and on realising that the prospects of him securing a place to study in Poland were very slim, they then agreed to forge a Zimsec Advanced Level certificate in his name.
Manyemba told Nyatondo to pay US$350 for him to facilitate the creation of a fake Zimsec Advanced Level certificate and he paid the money.
Manyemba subsequently approached Mugodi and paid her US$150 for her to create a fake Advanced Level Certificate.
After receiving US$150 from Manyemba, Mugodi went on and create a fake Zimsec Advanced Level certificate purporting that Manyemba had sat the ZIMSEC November 2020 Advanced Level examinations and managed to pass Accounting, Business Studies and Economics with B, C and B grades respectively.
After obtaining the forged certificate Nyatondo then filled in an application to study at the Poland International University. He then left Zimbabwe in 2021, completed his studies in September 2022 and returned home.