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Businesswoman remanded over KES 300 million fraud

24 June 2015, 09:14 Obare Nyamota

Nakuru - A businesswoman accused of being part of a cartel that has defrauded people over KES 300 million was Tuesday denied bail by a Nakuru court.

Senior principal magistrate Benard Ndeda said the prosecution gave compelling reasons showing that they needed more time to investigate the fraud.

“The court hereby directs that the accused be remanded for 10 days to allow the prosecution to undertake more investigations,” said Ndeda adding that the accused was at liberty to renew her request for bail after the period.

The magistrate further ordered that the suspect be detained at Nakuru Central police, noting that the offense had become very rampant in the region.

Earlier on, prosecutor Cosmas Ikunywa had told the court that the accused was facing multiple suits at a Nairobi court and demanded for her remand.

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Edith Nyambura was charged that on diverse dates between January 27and February 13 at Nakuru town, she obtained KES 12 million by false pretense from Halima Abdi.

The court heard that the accused claimed that she was at a position to supply her with educational materials worth that amount.

The prosecution also told the court that the accused was in the company of three others, including her husband, who are still at large.

Nyambura is further accused of being part of a cartel that runs three companies; Educational International Supplements, Wamo Enterprises and Lagsu Enterprises and believed to have been defrauding people in Nakuru town.

She was arrested by Flying Squad officers on Monday evening at her residential house in Nairobi.

The prosecution also sought to have bank accounts of the businesswoman frozen but the application was not allowed by the court.

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