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Former athlete in court for fraud

17 July 2015, 11:03 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A former athlete has been arraigned in a Nyeri court for with obtaining money fraudulently.

Joseph Mureithi, 32, was charged with six counts of fraud.

It is claimed that on diverse dates between June last year and April this year he obtained over KES 115 000 fraudulently.

He allegedly got the money from members of the public on pretext that he could assist them or their relatives to be recruited into the military, Kenya police and the Kenya Wildlife Services.

It is said that on June 10 last year, within Kieni West sub-County, Mureithi received KES 22 000 from Jane Wanjiru promising to register her child with Kenya Wildlife Services.

The former athlete was also charged that on July 10 last year, within the same area, he received KES 18 200 and KES 13 600 from Margret Wairimu and Rose Nyawira respectively promising to help their daughters get recruited to the Kenya Police Service.

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He is also charged with obtaining KES 10 000 from Boniface Ndirangu on July 11 last year within Kieni area, with the pretext of getting him recruited into the Kenya Wildlife Service as a ranger.

Another charge stated that on April 2 this year within Kieni, he received KES 12 000 from Wambui Mwangi to help recruit her child to Kenya Wildlife Services.

On June 18 this year, he also received KES 26 500 from Charles Maina with a promise to recruit his son to Kenya Police Service and another KES 12 000 from Cecilia Muthoni to get her a job at a government office.

The last charge stated that on July 14 this year, the accused received KES 15 000 from Lucy Muthoni as part payment with the pretext that he would secure her two sons recruitment to the Kenya police service.

The accused denied all the charges before senior resident magistrate Christine Wekesa and was released on a bond of KES 200 000 with a surety of similar amount. The hearing of the case was set for September 30 this year.

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