A Zvishavane fraudster has been slapped with an 8 month prison term for a US$80 fraud in which he swindled an unsuspecting accommodation seeker.
37-year-old Silence Nyanganye was found guilty of fraud as defined in C/S 136 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23.
The court heard that the accused falsely presented himself as a property owner to Gregory Bhunu offering him a house to rent and charging him US$80 per month. He demanded the payment before Bhunu moved in at the end of the month.
The court also heard that the accused took the complainant to a house where he showed him around and the two agreed he would move in at the end of May 2020.
The complainant went to the house as per the agreement only to realize he had been duped after a conversation with the tenants of the said house.
The court found the accused guilty and sentenced him to 8 months in prison, however, 5 months were suspended on condition he does not commit a similar offence in the next five years. The other three months were suspended on condition Nyanganye restitutes ZW$4000.