Two Zim men reach plea deal in US$10m fraud


USA – Two Zimbabwe men are poised to accept plea agreements in an Ohio-based tax fraud case that prosecutors say netted them and five others up to $10 million.

Julius and Kudzai Marimbire
On the run - Julius and Kudzai Marimbire

Court records filed Thursday show that Kudzaishe Bungu and Tawanda Marimbire have reached agreements with prosecutors. Bungu has a Dec. 17 hearing to finalize the agreement. Marimbire’s hearing is Jan. 10. Under his deal, Bungu would face up to 10 years in prison while other charges are dropped in exchange for his cooperation. He had faced up to 60 years in prison. Details of Marimbire’s agreement haven’t been released. Authorities say seven men with Zimbabwe ties ran a tax preparation business in Cincinnati, and used identities of at least 658 people to file false returns, collecting between $2.4 million and $10 million. AP

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