A former Bulawayo City Council employee is facing 22 counts of fraud and is on the run after he duped desperate home seekers of US$155 060 and R 144 950.
At the time he committed the crime Freddy Ndalime Dube (42) was stationed at Lobengula housing office.
A source said Dube masqueraded as a housing stand agent and told desperate home seekers that he owned a number of housing stands in Pelandaba West suburb.
The unsuspecting home seekers flocked to the housing office and paid varying amounts for the purported stands.
The source said: “The home seekers paid amounts that ranged from US$6 000 up to US$10 000 depending on the size of the stand that one would have wanted.”
After that he (Dube) took some of the home seekers to the site and showed them stands which did not belong to him. The source said: “After some time he changed goal posts while heaping the blame on the stand developer saying was yet to service the stands and had some documents.”
Home seekers grew impatient with him and besieged his work station.
“He then fled. After that it dawned on them that they had been duped and they reported the matter to the police. It was discovered that he duped them of US$155 060 and R 144 950 and he is facing 22 counts of fraud,” said the source close to the incident.
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the incident. Insp Ncube appealed for information that may lead to the whereabouts of the suspect.