An impersonator of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) has been jailed for fraud after fleecing desperate job seekers of their money claiming that he can facilitate job opportunities within the police force, state security and the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA).

Charged with fraud as defined in Section 136 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform Act) Chapter 9:23, David Dhlodhlo of Tsanzaguru appeared before Rusape magistrate Patience Madondo and was sentenced to 72 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to the charges.

Dhlodhlo will effectively serve 36 months in prison after 12 months were set aside on the basis of good behaviour and the other 17 months were suspended on the basis that he returns the money to those he defrauded.

State facts as presented by Gift Mutigwa are that on a period extending from September 2018, Dhlodhlo misrepresented himself as a member of the Central Intelligence Organisation and approached Rufaro Manyoni promising him that he had links to get him a job in the security forces.

He defrauded Manyoni of a total $1 485 as facilitation money but nothing materialised.

On another occasion, Dhlodhlo used the same modus operandi on Nation Gombedza and swindled him of $60.

On December 21, 2018, Dhlodhlo duped Fidelis Pezo who later made a police report leading to Dhlodlo’s arrest.