Big Brother Africa star arrested on insurance fraud charges

Zimbabwean police have arrested former Big Brother Africa (BBA) winner Wendall Parson on fraud allegations involving $25,000 in car insurance.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Andrew Phiri on Sunday said Parson was arrested on Friday.

He is accused of forging documents that he used to claim insurance for his Ford Ranger vehicle that was involved in an accident on March 16.

Police suspect that the car was not insured when it crashed while Parson was travelling from the city of Bulawayo to the capital Harare.

“I can confirm that we have arrested Wendall Parson on allegation of lodging a false insurance claim with Alliance Insurance Company,” Supt Phiri said.

“On 16 March this year the accused, traveling in a Ford Ranger from Bulawayo, had an accident, he then insured the same vehicle on 18 March and tried to claim an amount of $25, 000 as insurance for the vehicle.

“Alliance then got suspicious and launched an investigation which led to his arrest.”

Supt Phiri said the BBA star will appear in court soon.

Wendall was given $50, 000 cash by President Robert Mugabe in addition to the $200, 000 prize money he received for winning the popular television reality show two years ago