Nehanda Radio reports that Leigh Ann Patricia Rudland, the wife of alleged gold smuggler Simon Rudland, has won a US$1 million case against businessman Luka Ignatius Fabris and his company, Spartan Security (Pvt) Ltd.

Fabris who is outside custody awaiting sentence, was convicted of defrauding Rudland of the investment she made with them in 2019.

Harare Magistrate Feresi Chakanyuka found Fabris and his company guilty.

According to the prosecution, Fabris and Spartan Security had promised Patricia Rudland a 2% monthly return on her investment, but she only received US$540,000 in total returns before the payments stopped.

Fabris was the second accused, charged in his capacity as one of the directors at Spartan Security.