AN illegal foreign currency dealer was detained at a building along Speke Avenue for duping a woman of money meant for school fees.
Endesai Kamuti, 35, lured a City of Harare employee, only identified as Mrs Nyoni, into buying US$1 200 by swiping her debit card.
Endesai swiped the money using a point of sale machine at a company that sells stationery, and later claimed to have lost the United States dollars to thieves while returning Mrs Nyoni’s bank card.
“I do not know how I lost the money which was in my bag,” said Endesai.
Endesai dismissed reports that one of her friends and also a foreign currency dealer popularly known as Pokelo was the one she gave the money.
Sources close to Endesai told H-Metro that a number of people had lost lots of money to Endesai.
“Endesai haasungike uye anoshanda nasekuru vake mupurisa anenyembe paHarare Central Police Station.
“They quickly open a docket under her name claiming to have lost money to thieves whenever they dupe a client of large sums of money,” said the source.
A number of illegal money changers gathered at the building and clashed with police officers that had been called to the scene.
Two people were arrested for distracting the course of justice as they blocked officers from accessing Endesai at the building she had been detained.
Endesai was later taken to Harare Central Police Station after undergoing a body search.
More than US$200 was recovered, stashed in her panties.
A number of people have been losing money in illegal foreign currency exchange on the parallel market.
Endesai’s relative, who is reportedly a senior police officer, referred questions to Endesai’s husband.
“I am related to her, but she must refer people to her husband not me,” he said refusing to disclose his name.
“I am tired of her,” he said.
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