An unnamed Harare man lost more than US$90 000 in a deal that was supposedly meant to help him clear tax arrears with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra).
Three suspects Tsungai Mazanhi (33), Tawanda Walter Machingauta (37) and Valentine Genko (27) appeared before magistrate Dennis Mangosi facing theft charges.
Magistrate Mangosi remanded them in custody pending a ruling on their application for bail on Monday.
The State alleges on June 14, Mazanhi told the complainant that he had set an appointment for him to meet a Brigadier Mutsvairo in Norton, who would assist him clear his tax arrears with Zimra.
On June 15, the complainant took US$90 000, a pistol and put it in a satchel and went to meet Mazanhi at OK Marimba car park.
The accused persons and one Farai Kachepa, who is still at large, plotted to steal cash from the complainant, whom they knew kept large sums of money in his vehicle.
When the complainant and Mazanhi went into the OK supermarket, the latter’s accomplices jammed the complainant’s car as he tried to lock it and stole the satchel with the money and pistol.
The State alleged that the gang later shared the loot and Mazanhi bought a Mazda Axela vehicle with the proceeds of the offence.
The prosecutor Anesu Chirenje told the court that a CCTV was obtained which showed the accused persons committing the offence.
The State alleges a remote used to jam the locking system was recovered by the police.