Dar woman gets four-year sentence for fraud

THE Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday sentenced a businesswoman Perpetua Gondwe to four years in prison after she was found guilty of conning another businesswoman, Ritha Remi and obtaining over 312m/-.

Principal Resident Magistrate, Ferdinadri Kiwonde convicted the businesswoman on two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and forgery after the convict confessed all the charges and promised to pay the entire said amount.

The magistrate sentenced her to two years in jail for each count.

Magistrate Kiwonde also ordered the convict to refund the victim the said amount after completing serving the sentence.

Earlier, defending herself, Perpetua alias Anastazia Kiwele pleaded the court to reduce her sentence because, until now, she has been in prison for almost a year and a half, and while she was in prison, she gave birth to a child who was born premature. She also said she has parents who depend on her.

On the part of the applicant, she asked the court to treat her with justice because the money she was defrauded of was her retirement benefits as well as the money of her husband, who is currently suffering from a stroke largely caused by the fraud of the said cash.

According to the prosecution, on the first count of obtaining money by false pretense contrary to Section 302 of the penal code (Cap 16: RE: 2022), the convict between April 22nd and unknown dates in 2019 with intent to defraud, did obtain over 312m/- from Ritha Venance Remi by falsely pretending that the said money would be used for business purposes.

The court also heard that, on the second charge of forgery, the convict, between April 22 and May 22, 2019, with intent to deceive, forged Tax Identification Number (TIN) 124-064-218 dated September 19, 2016, purporting to show that the same was issued by the Commissioner for Revenue from the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA).

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