Gweru manager up for fraud


AN ex-branch manager with Topics Stores, has been arraigned before the courts facing 30 counts of defrauding his employer on various occasions between March 2011 and January 2012.


Forster Bonga, of 11 Steadman Road, Athlone, Gweru, allegedly prejudiced Topics of $2 483, which he converted to his personal use.

The alleged offence was revealed after an internal audit was carried out.

Prosecuting, Andrew Marimo told the court that between March 2011 and January 2012, Bonga would make cash sales to customers and issue out cash invoice receipts.

Instead of banking the cash realised, the accused would convert the money to his personal use.

The accused person would allegedly misrepresent to his employer that the goods he had sold were purchased on credit by raising credit sales receipts.

Bonga would allegedly misrepresent that he was the one who had purchased the goods under two separate accounts belonging to himself and his wife.

But the offence came to light after an audit carried out revealed that the accused’s account and that of his wife had large sums of arrears.

It was also discovered that the transactions in these accounts were sometimes done three times or four times a day, which raised suspicion leading to the investigations.
The total value the accused prejudiced Topics is $2 483 and $1 392 was recovered.
Bonga is, however, denying the charge and judgment in the matter has been set for June 28.