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UK: Zambian, Zimbabwean Nationals Jailed Over Fraud Involving At Least £164 000

UK: Zambian, Zimbabwean Nationals Jailed Over Fraud Involving At Least £164 000

A Zambian national and his Zimbabwean counterpart have been jailed in the United Kingdom after they were convicted of fraud at Durham Crown Court, United Kingdom earlier this year, Northern Echo reported.

The two leading members of the gang, Raphael Munemo and Tendai Dlamini, who both have previous convictions for mail theft, denied charges of conspiracy to defraud and fraud, but were found guilty following a trial in February.

Munemo, (34), a Zambian national living in Nottingham, received a three-year prison sentence, and his 41-year-old co-accused, a Zimbabwean refugee, of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was given a one-year prison term.

Their three accomplices, all Zimbabwean nationals living in the UK, each admitted conspiracy to defraud at an earlier plea hearing. The trio were sentenced as follows:

i). Vincent Zwoushe-Zhanje, 32, of Banbridge, County Down, in Northern Ireland, was given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 250-hour unpaid work order and 30 probation-led rehabilitation days.

ii). Gray Gwewo, 28, from Leeds, and 28-year-old Ndhlovu, of Bedford, each received 14-month prison sentences, also suspended for two years. Both were also ordered to perform 180 hours of unpaid work and take part in 30 rehabilitation days with the Probation Service.

Munemo and Dlamini appeared again at the court on Friday September 30, via video link from HMPs Northumberland and Leeds, respectively.

What happened:

The court heard the accused were intercepting postal deliveries to remote addresses, many of them farms, with exterior mailboxes.

Letters would be removed enabling gang members to use the identities of the victims to take out credit, while newly dispatched debit cards, containing PIN details, were removed and used.

Available credit illegally obtained was often transferred onto high-value gift cards, as bank cards could be stopped at short notice.

The court was told the value of credit obtained by the gang was estimated to be in the region of £164,000, not all of which was used, while the trial judge said that figure may only be, “the tip of the iceberg.”

Victims were left shocked when their own genuine transactions were cancelled, while their credit ratings were also affected, although the banks involved eventually largely withstood the losses.

Investigators from the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) established a hierarchy within the gang.

Benefits and Confiscation:

Tom Bennett, for Zwoushe-Zhanje, said it was agreed he benefited by £37 123 from his involvement in the fraudulent activity, but the available amount for confiscation is just £150.

He said the £150 was from a now-closed Bitcoin account in the defendant’s name.

Recorder Alex Menary, therefore, ordered the confiscation of the £150, to be paid within three months, with seven days in prison in default.

Prosecutor Jonathan Harley said the agreed benefit and confiscation figures for Zwoushe-Zhanje’s four co-accused have yet to be finalised but should be in the coming weeks.

Settlement hearings were adjourned until October 28.

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6 Comments

Chipoko chaQueen 1 month ago

Before saying Zimbabwean,include the NDEBELE label
Only Ndebeles commit crimes in this Beautiful country

(I know he’s Ndebele because pf the Dlamini surname )

Ndatenda Zvangu,
Thank You,
Dankeschön
Kangelani


Munya 1 month ago

Manje ndewe kuchipinge

Turoo 1 month ago

@The Adjudicator hauite😂😂😂

Chipoko chaQueen 1 month ago

Don’t create fake names to scare me boy
That word doesn’t even exist in the Dictionary
India wants to take Pakistan back
Uganda wants Kenya Back
China wants Taiwan back
Russia wants Ukraine back
South Africa might as well take their violent Matebeleland brothers back vaende navo

The Adjudicator 1 month ago

Zimbos dont steal and if corrupt they wont eat the whole 10 billion, they leave another 5 billion for development!

LOGIC 1 month ago

Tribalism will be the death of uu eyy


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