Lawyer charged with Sh 33 million Thome Estate land fraud

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A lawyer has been charged with fraud of a land situated at Thome Estate along Thika Road valued at Sh 33 million.

Mike Oyoo Wagunda who is allegedly struck out of practice by the Law Society of Kenya is accused that on diverse dates between 4th May 2007 and 26th September 2017 at unknown place within Kenya, he jointly with others not before court conspired to defraud Mary Waithira Njoroge the parcel of land by making transfer of land dated 26th September 2017 to Benson Maingi Mutahi and Hellen Wanjiku Maingi, a fact he knew was false.

Wagunda is aso charged with obtaining money by false pretenses after allegedly obtaining Sh 17.4 million from Mutahi and Wanjiku by falsely pretending that he was in a position to sell to them the said parcel of land.

In another count, the accused is charged with willfully and unlawfully procuring the registration of the title in the name of Mutahi and Wanjiku by falsely pretending that the said land was duly transferred to them by Mary Waithira Njoroge.

The prosecution told the court that the accused is no longer an advocate since he was struck out from the role of an advocate and produced a letter from LSK to support the claim.

However, Wagunda’s lawyer said he was not aware that his client was struck out but was aware that he was suspended.

Wagunda denied the charges before Principal Magistrate David Ndungi and was granted a bond of 5 million with alternative cash bail of  2 million.