A GRAIN Marketing Board (GMB) assistant depot manager was last week arraigned before Hwange Magistrates’ Courts accused of swindling the company of cash amounting to $2 300.
Emanuel Manhando was convicted on his own plea of guilty to three counts of theft when he appeared before Hwange regional magistrate Portia Mhlanga.
Prosecutor Onias Nyathi told the court that on September 6, GMB supplied goods worth $1 800 to Spar Supermarket in Hwange and on September 20 Manhando received the payment, but did not bank the money and instead converted it to his own use.
On September 30 the company also supplied grain again to Spar amounting to $540 and on the same day supplied another $540 worth of goods. On October 4, Manhando received the money and again converted it to his own use.
The matter came to light on October 17 when GMB requested payment from Spar.
They revealed that they had paid and the money had been sent to Manhando.
He was asked if he knew about the cash and he revealed that he had stolen the money, but promised to replace it.
The overall stolen money was $2 280.
Manhando was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment wholly suspended on condition of good behaviour for five years since he had already paid back the company.