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Man conned out of KES 671 000

27 March 2013, 14:59 Kelvin Wanjohi

A Nyandarua County timber merchant lost a cool KES 671 000 to con men who purported to sell him diamonds which would make him rich faster.

The Kasuku township investor Boniface Ngunu however reported the matter to the police who arrested the two men and charged them in a Nyahururu court with the offence.

The middle-aged men were charged with obtaining money from their victim by false pretense.

David Maina Kiarie and Harrison Njoroge Njung’e denied committing the offence when they appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Vincent Kiptoon earlier this week.

They were released on a KES 500 000 bond with a surety of similar amount each.

The court heard that on diverse dates between December 29 last year and January 11 this year, posing as timber buyers, they lured Ngunu to a Nyahururu hotel where they introduced him to an alleged Zairean national and another person who promised to introduce him to the ‘lucrative’ diamond business.

The two denied that they obtained the money after promising Ngunu that they would assist him obtain a KES 240 000 licence from the relevant government department allowing him to invest in the business with world-renowned diamond companies.

But after a series of payments that the victim made through mobile cash and bank transfers to various people allegedly linked to the ‘trade’, the dealers' phones were permanently switched off.

The complainant had been made to believe he would earn KES 1.8 million once he bought the ‘diamonds’ and sold to a buyer in Nairobi.

The case will be heard on April 26.

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