Crime & Courts

ZB Bank US$2, 7m heist: Suspects charged with money laundering

Four men who were acquitted in the ZB Bank US$2,7 million cash heist case yesterday appeared before Harare magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa facing money laundering charges.


Tozivepi Chirara, Tatenda Gadzikwa, Dennis Madondo and Trymore Chapfika were recently acquitted by a Harare court but their three accomplices were convicted.


Allegations are that during the period extending between January 5 and 11, following a ZB Bank heist which occurred on January 5, 2021 where cash amounting to US$2 775 000 was stolen from a ZB bank crew which was transporting the cash from Harare to Chinhoyi, Chirara acquired a Subaru Forester and upon his arrest on January 11, he had in his possession cash amounting to US$77 800.


Chirara allegedly failed to give a satisfactory explanation as to where he acquired the huge sum of cash.


The State alleges that Chirara was not formally employed and had no other business to justify the amount of money found in his possession.


According to the State, Chapfika who stays in Mbare was also found with US$39 000 and he was not gainfully employed, while Madondo had US$71 500 in his possession.


Gadzikwa was arrested with US$81 800.


The quartet will be back in court on Monday.


Their accomplices Shadreck Njowa, Tendai Zuze and Neverson Mwamuka are now serving an effective eight-year ja!l term. Newsday


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