Handwriting expert testifies against Pangrazio in theft case

Judge Mallet; Hammer
Judge Mallet; Hammer

A HANDWRITING expert has told the Kitwe Magistrates’ Court how he noticed disparities on two cheques issued to Intermaket Bank and one to Standard Chartered Bank.

This is in a case where Gorgio Pangrazio of Tandanani farm in Kalulushi is charged with three counts of forgery, one count of making false documents and another of theft by director at a time he worked for his ex-wife’s company, Dreamland Real Estate and Networks Limited.

It is alleged that Pangrazio on unknown dates but in 2013 forged one bank cheque purporting to show that it was duly issued and signed by his wife, Jacquline Marie, when in fact not.

In count two, it is alleged that Pangrazio, without authority, made and signed 121 bank cheques and six bank transfers purporting them to be genuine, when in fact not.

In count three, it is alleged that Pangrazio, being a director of Dreamland Real Estate and Networks Limited, stole K 2,481,137, the property of Dreamland.

When the matter came up before magistrate Daniel Musonda for continued trial yesterday, handwriting expert from the forensic service headquarters David Zulu 39 testified that the cheques had disparities.

“I do recall on April 23, 2015, I received two Intermarket Bank cheques and Standard Chartered Bank. I got the cheques to examine them if the signatures on the cheques had been signed by the concerned parties. After a thorough process of dual examination, I observed strong dissimilarities between the disputed and specimen samples of the names,” Musonda said.

So far, three bankers have testified before court.

Magistrate Musonda adjourned the matter to January 18, 2016 for the last witness who is the arresting officer.

Earlier during the last sitting, Marie said she never allowed her former husband to issue any cheques or make withdrawals.

“I came across bank cheques that where signed but it was not my signature. When I asked him why he did that, he said he was my husband and could do that and walked away from me. Later, I discovered that he had deleted company data and that is how I suspended him from my company. He had been forging my signature for five months when I was out of the country,’’ said Marie.

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