FIVE Abroad Gateway Studies employees have appeared in court facing new charges of fraud involving more than US$25 000.
Fidelis Mazhindu, 27, Makanaka Mukwesha, 26, Crispen Gazimbe, 25, Chelsea Makombe, 25, and Mufaro Rupondo were all remanded out of custody when they appeared before Harare magistrate Dennis Mangosi.
They will be back in court on February 17 pending finalisation of investigations.
Allegations are that between October and December last year, seven complainants contacted Abroad Gateway Studies after seeing a flyer on social media saying the company was a recruitment agency for nurse aids to work in the United Kingdom.
The complainants went to the company’s offices located at the corner of Samora Machel Avenue and Bishop Gaul in Belvedere.
The complainants were made to pay US$500 as administration fees and to then wait for 21 days for processing of their documents.
It was alleged that the complainants were further told to pay £2 000 each to cover air tickets, accommodation and visa appointments.
After they paid, they were added to a WhatsApp group l consisting of 71 members.
It is further alleged that, the accused would demand payment from the complainants citing different reasons.
However, when the 21 days elapsed, the accused kept changing dates and giving various reasons.
One of the complainants asked his relative to check for him whether Seren Health Care Solutions in the UK was recruiting people.
He was informed that the owner of that company, one Ms Stella Chimano, was not aware of such developments.
Investigations were conducted and revealed that it was all a con, leading to the arrest of the accused.
The complainants suffered prejudice of US$25 620 and nothing was recovered.H Metro