Insurance fraud suspects charged

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Two people suspected to be forging National Identity cards in order to make fraudulent insurance claims have been charged.

Peter Mwaniki Wanjiku and Emmah Wangari Wangui are accused of making national Identity card no.24961044 in the names of Evans Karanja Mwangi purporting it to be a genuine issued by National Registration Bureau.

Mwaniki faces three counts of uttering a false documents.

He is accused of knowingly and fraudulently uttering the forged ID to Judith Atieno Odhengo a life insurance agent at ICEA Lion Insurance Company in Thika purporting it to be a genuine.

He is accused of uttering the same ID at APA insurance Limited offices at Apollo Centre in Westlands Nairobi to one Gibson Okola Etindi for the purpose of fraudulently acquiring a personal accident cover.

He is alleged to have committed these offences on 13th June 2018.

Further, Mwaniki is accused of uttering the same ID at Britam General Insurance Company offices in Thika town to Evalyn Kageni Njiru for the purpose of fraudulently acquiring a personal accident policy cover.

This was allegedly committed on 18th June 2018.

Mwaniki also faces three counts of impersonating Evans Karanja.

He is accused of falsely presenting himself as Karanja to Gibson Okola Etindi, a business service team leader at APA Insurance Limited and Evalyn Kageni Njiru, a financial advisor at the Britam General insurance company limited.

He denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku.

His co-accused, Wangari did not pled to the charges pending orders from Kiambu law courts on a case where she is expected to be charged with attempted murder.

Karanja who was in court told the magistrate that his life is in danger because Wangari has threatened him severally. The investigating officers however told the court that they will ensure his security.

The two were released on cash bail of Sh 500,000. The case will be mentioned on 27th August for Wangari to plead to the charges and setting of hearing dates.