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11 to be prosecuted over KES 791M NYS theft

15 February 2016, 22:40

Nairobi - The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has approved money laundering charges against 11 suspects in the KES 791 million National Youth Service scam.

The Standard reports that a lawyer who carried out transactions in the saga is among those listed to be charged after Tobiko approved the police charges.

They are accused of money laundering contrary to section three and four of the Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering Act. They include lawyer Patrick Onyango Ogola, John Kago, Josephine Kabura, Charity Gethi, Samuel Wachenje, Anthony Gethii Kihara, Benson Gachoka, Benson Gethi, John Hope Vandamme, Martin Gachara Wanjohi and Jedida Wangari.

They have since denied having done any business transaction with NYS, paid any money directly or indirectly by the institution and are not directors or shareholder of any company involved in the dealings. They have made applications in court to challenge the order issued to freeze their assets over corruption suspicion.

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The Daily Nation further reports that on September 25 last year, DPP Keriako Tobiko directed Department of Criminal Investigations officers to carry out further investigations into possible money laundering involving the money allegedly stolen from the NYS.

" On January 21, 2016, the Banking Fraud Investigations Unit submitted the inquiry file on the said investigations to the DPP,” said a statement from the DPP’s office.

" Having perused the resubmitted inquiry file, the DPP is satisfied that the evidence establishes the offence of money laundering contrary to Section 3 and 4 of the Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering Act….the DPP has therefore directed that the suspects be charged accordingly,” added the statement sent to newsrooms on Monday.

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