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Fraudulent businessman denied bond

14 August 2013, 16:20 Wangui Joseph

A Nakuru based businessman accused of presenting an invalid cheque worth KES 999 000 to a Nyeri farmer will remain in custody after his plea to be released on bond was rejected by a Nyeri court on Wednesday.

Appearing before senior resident magistrate John Aringo, Benjamin Kimaiyo Bargetuny alias Christopher Kiprop Kipgok was charged with obtaining goods through false pretense.

The court heard that on May 4, 2013 the accused person, jointly with another not before court, obtained a tractor KBG 870A Massey Fergusson from Hesbon Mbuthia with intent to defraud.

The tractor was valued at KES 1 Million and Kimaiyo was falsely pretending that a KCB cheque which he produced and delivered to the complainant was a valid order of payment of KES 999 000.

The court further heard that Kimaiyo knew the fact was false and untrue. He however denied the charges and court directed him to appear for the case mentioning on August 20, 2013.

Kimaiyo informed court that he had another fraud case pending in a Nakuru court and would like to attend the hearings.

While objecting his release on bond, the prosecution led by Prosecutor Rhodah Kanyi said the Investigating Officer is not through with the exercise and ought to be given more time to accomplish investigations.

She added that Kimaiyo’s accomplice was also arrested and arraigned in a different court. She applied for the two cases to be consolidated and be heard together.

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