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Former international marathoner in court over fraud

23 June 2014, 21:04 Kelvin Wanjohi

Nyahururu - Former international marathoner, Joseph Riri Muriithi on Friday appeared in court and denied charges of fraudulently obtaining money.

The former Berlin marathon silver medalist appeared before the Nyahururu resident magistrate Peter Muholi and denied seven counts of obtaining money by falsely promising to secure jobs for victims' relatives.

Riri, who was represented by a Nyahururu lawyer Martin Waichungo, was charged that on February 7 he obtained KES 28 500 from Peter Muhoro Kiboi promising to help Susan Wanjiku Mbauni secure employment with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

He allegedly obtained another KES 17 600 from Lucy Nyawira Mathenge on May 12, in order to help Samuel Murage Njoroge secure employment with the same organisation, KWS.

Another count stated that he obtained KES 18 000 from Paul Ndumia Mairo so that his relative, James Mathenge Macharia can be employed by KWS.

He was also charged that on May 12, he received KES 36 800 from Paul Maina Chege to secure a position for Nicholas Chege Maina at the wildlife body.

On the fifth count, he allegedly received KES 34 500 from Herman Waithanji Gitahi promising to help Teresiah Muthoni secure employment with KWS.

Dedan Ndung’u Kimaru was promised of employment with KWS after Michael Kimaru allegedly gave Riri KES 21 000 on November 5, 2013.

Joseph Njenga Kanyi allegedly gave him KES 14 300 in order to secure job in KWS for Samuel Muchiri Ndegwa. The money exchanged hands on November 5, 2013.

The offences were allegedly committed in either Nyandarua or the neighbouring Laikipia County. Riri was arrested last weekend by Nyandarua North sub-county police who had been tacking him after complaints started to flow in, but he denied all charges and was released on KES 200 000 bond or cash bail of KES 100 000 until August 28, 2014 when the case will be heard.

The prosecutor, Charles Mugambi did not oppose the bail.

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