- Former Kaizer Chiefs and Zimbabwean international striker Liberty Masunda has been jailed in the UK
- He was found guilty of defrauding the department of work and pensions in England to the tune of R7.8 million
- Masunda was part of a 12 man syndicate who created over 160 fake profiles to withdraw grant payments from the UK government
Liberty Masunda, a former Kaizer Chiefs and Zimbabwean international striker has along with 12 other Zimbabwean citizens been jailed in the United Kingdom (UK). Masunda and his co-conspirators will spend the next three years of their lives behind bars.
Masunda and his co-accused were found guilty of defrauding the UK government’s department of work and pensions to the tune of R7.8 million. The court ordered the group to repay all of the money in addition to serving time.
Masunda was part of a 12 man syndicate who created more than 160 fake profiles which the used to withdraw illegal payments from the UK government.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Masunda played for Kaizer Chiefs in the 1997/98 PSL season he played 23 matches and scored a total of six goals.
News24.com reported that the syndicate was found guilty of defrauding the government out of maternity payments.
The court said those who stooped to the lows of stealing identities or create fake identities to steal money they did not deserve were cheating those who worked hard and really were in need of those funds.
Kaizer Chiefs have not released a statement or commented on the incident. The news will come as a blow to the Zimbabwean government who is trying to regain trust on the international stage in order to attract some much-needed foreign investment.
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