AN accounts clerk at Machakata Secondary School has been slapped with a three-year jail term after being convicted of swindling the school of $4 863.
BY SILAS NKALA
Nomsa Mashingaidze was convicted on 198 counts of fraud after a full trial when she appeared before Gokwe magistrate Shepherd Mjanja.
She will, however, not complete the three-year jail term after two years of the sentence were suspended on condition of good behaviour and restitution. She will serve just a year in jail.
The court heard sometime between January 13 and August 4 this year, Mashingaidze was at work when she received payments from parents for school fees.
On each of the 198 counts, the court heard Mashingaidze would receive at least $35 for each pupil and enter the correct figure on the receipt given to the parent.
However, on the carbon sheet that was left at the school she would enter only $5, meaning she pocketed $30 or more on each count resulting in the school being prejudiced in the sum of $5 536 and only $700 was recovered.