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Zacc arrests Zimra official over fraud

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested a ZIMRA official Forget Mguza over fraud involving USD$83 781.05 and ZWL$26 108 411.64.

It is alleged that in January 2021, Mguza and Chirro Investments director Trust Chiro cleared five trucks at Beitbridge Border Post after falsely declaring that they were carrying goods in transit to Zambia yet they were destined for Zimbabwe.

Chiro has already appeared in court on the same charges.

Mguza is alleged to have forged the signature of the late Ernest Muswera and fraudulently renewed the company bond of Enver Freight Services held with ZIMRA in order to clear the trucks between February and March 2021, prejudicing the State of USD83 781.05 and ZWL26 108 411.64.

When three of the trucks were intercepted at Zindoga Shopping Centre in Harare, they were loaded with an assortment of groceries including washing powder, foam bath, lotions, chocolates, liquid soaps, show polish and sweets. The other two trucks were driven to an unknown destination.

Further investigations revealed that Mguza corruptly cleared the goods using the bond security of Enver Freight Services purporting that the trucks were carrying goods in transit to Zambia yet they were destined for Zimbabwe.

It was also established that at the South African Revenue Services, the goods carried by the trucks had been cleared as destined for Chiro’s Chitungwiza address.

Mguza was granted ZWL$40 000 bail by a Beitbridge Magistrate this morning.