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Businessman jailed for defrauding KRA officer

17 March 2014, 10:41 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A 40-year-old man has been fined KES 250 000 or in default serve one year in jail by a Nyeri court after he was found guilty of defrauding a KRA employee of KES 730 000.

Peter Muigai Thuo, who was charged with obtaining the money from Charles Osoro, was also ordered to compensate the complainant with KES 800 000.

The court heard that on August 24, 2011 the convict falsely obtained KES 730 000 from Charles Osoro with intent to defraud.

He was pretending to be in a position to transfer the same amount in Dollars form to Natrading Company Ltd in Japan as payment of a Toyota motor vehicle.

The convict was a businessman based in Nairobi dealing with importation of motor vehicles, clearing and forwarding.

He met the complainant around the year 2000 and the convict had assisted the complainant with the importation of several vehicles before their deals went sour.

According to evidence adduced in court, Osoro had first seen a price quotation of the Toyota motor vehicle he wished to purchase from the internet.

He told the court that he had thought it was cheaper to do the transaction through the Dollar account as the currency exchange rates were very high then.

Muigai had promised to assist him with the transaction after Osoro deposited the agreed amounts of money to his Family Bank account.

He was later arrested at Times Towers Nairobi by police officers.

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