Mandaza Dupes Drug Peddler's Brother
Muzanenhamo gave Mandaza US$390 as payment for the legal services and also transferred $87,000 to Mandaza’s Ecocash account
A BOGUS lawyer has been arrested and appeared in court yesterday charged with fraud.
He had misrepresented that he could represent a drug peddler in court.
Patrick Mandaza 56, was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi. He was remanded in custody to today for bail consideration.
Allegations are that on March 30, last year, Tafadzwa Muzanenhamo was arrested in connection with a case of unlawful use or possession of dangerous drugs. He was remanded in custody at Harare Magistrate’s Court.
On January 5 this year, and at Zimbabwe National Army Two Brigade, Harare, Mandaza duped Lewis Bongani Muzanenhamo that he was a registered lawyer.
He claimed he was able to assist Tafadzwa, who is Lewis’ younger brother, in his bail application.
Three days later, Muzanenhamo gave Mandaza US$390 as payment for the legal services. He also transferred $87,000 to Mandaza’s Ecocash.
Mandaza, however, failed to show up at court because he was not a registered lawyer and was unable to apply for bail as he claimed. Zebediah Bofu appeared for the State.