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Fugitive Who Swindled South African Company Of Over R10M Arrested

Fugitive Who Swindled South African Company Of Over R10M Arrested

A fugitive who swindled a South African company of over R10 million, jumped bail and later sneaked into Zimbabwe where he lay low for almost five years was last week arrested in Zimbabwe.

This was after a successful extradition application by South Africa at the High Court in Harare.

Last week, police stumbled upon Reginald Bernstein in Bulawayo and took him to court where he was committed to prison pending extradition to South Africa.

Bernstein, who enjoys both Zimbabwean and South African citizenship, allegedly swindled his former employer, Dainfern Golf Estate and Country Club’s Home Owners’ Association, of over R1 million and transferred it into his wife’s bank account.

He was employed as an accountant. When he appeared at the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in South Africa in 2016 facing fraud charges, he was freed on bail, ordered to surrender his South African passport, which he did.

But Bernstein vanished, having managed to get a Zimbabwean passport, and police investigations revealed that he had dual citizenship and had fled to Zimbabwe.

A warrant of arrest was issued against Bernstein and a manhunt began. Intelligence gathered by the South African police revealed Bernstein was hiding somewhere in Zimbabwe.

Cooperation between Zimbabwe and South Africa led to a successful application for the suspect’s committal to prison pending extradition.

The South African Government will meet all the costs associated with the extradition of Bernstein.

Bernstein was arrested in March 2018 in Victoria Falls.

A month later, an application for extradition was filed before a Victoria Falls magistrate but was dismissed because the State had no original documents from South Africa.

Mr Mutangadura, who heads the Asset Forfeiture Unit, took over the case on appeal at the High Court and argued the matter until the court ordered the extradition of the fugitive.

More: The Herald

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12 Comments

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 8 months ago

REGINALD BERNSTEIN'S CASE IS NOT AS SIMPLE AS PEOPLE WANT TO THINK IT IS. NO, IT IS NOT !!!!!

DO YOU REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE SHADRECK MASHAYAMOMBE, SAVIOUR KASUKUWERE, ZHUWAWO, AND MZEMBI WHO ARE HIDING IN SOUTH AFRICA. THESE GUYS ARE WANTED HERE IN ZIMBABWE FOR VARIOUS CRIMINAL CHARGES. MY UNDERSTANDING FROM UNCONFIRMED REPORTS IS THAT ZIMBABWE GOVERNMENT APPLIED FOR EXTRADITION FOR SOME OF THESE GENTLEMEN.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, DO YOU NOT SMELL A RAT HERE ? I AM SMELLING A RAT. IF THESE GUYS DO NOT FLEE FROM SOUTH AFRICA, VERY SOON [ THE HERALD ] WILL HAVE A FIELD DAY WRITING ABOUT THEM.

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


Noma 8 months ago

Comment section inondisimudzra hangu.


Noma 8 months ago

Comment section inonfisimudzra hangu


Coming soon 8 months ago

Kkkk murikutukanirana chiii nhai ???Tinadzo muno mbavha dzakawandisa Muswere akaba marii aka sponser Zanu pf conference mu Masvingo akapukunyuswa na Great Bob Mugaba wani haana kudzoserwa ku south ,Miles ane ma business akaba 10 million us dollars asi haana kudzoserwa ku USA sei 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 akaresva dai akadya nevakuru pasina hora , Priscilla Mupfumira akadya nevakuru,Chombo akadya nevakuru ,ukadya nemusangano uri home and dry kkkkkk


Chobi" 8 months ago

Pane marii ndipo panotsvagwaa vanorova panonaka vakomana vachoo vanoshinga izvezvi vakabata varikurova ma rand's


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NHM 8 months ago

A lot of criminals dzakaba mari muno dziriku SA, vanodii kusungwawo ikoko


MuGrade 2 8 months ago

Zim gvt haina basa navo...SA gvt ndiyo ikuda mbavha iyo

Ghetto yut 8 months ago

I'm here for the comments


Madala Banda 8 months ago

Basa nderekugwarira kusunga munhu akatobirawo imwe Nyika kuti imi muiitewo Mari coz Hapana paaizoidyira ku South ikoko ikungodyirwa muno GDP ichitosimuka, imi mikutadza basa ramakapiwa na Mugabe kare re 15billion nanhasi kana, cent chairo hamusati mambo recover


MuGrade 2 8 months ago

kikiki haana kusungwa neZim...akasungwa neSA, there are issues like diplomatic relations-they have to be maintained at all costs..we can't hide e thief at the expense of diplomatic relations.Remember,he z not e only one stealing from SA, millions of Zimbos so if we r reluctant to extradite him then those in SA risky losing permit renewal

ngwene 8 months ago

Madala Banda verengai nyaya monzwisisa zvataurwa.....musasanganise nyaya

MUSORO BHANGU 8 months ago

KKKKK KOVANA CHOMBO MAKAZODII NAVO



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