A Jubilee Party Secretariat impostor has been charged before a Nairobi court with obtaining over Sh 25 million from several member of the public by falsely pretending to have been awarded tenders by the party.
Grace Mwarania Waigumu was charged with three counts of obtaining money by false pretences and 17 other counts of issuing a bouncing cheques.
The court heard that accused obtained Sh 23.9 Million from Abdiwahab Adan Ibrahim by falsely pretending that she had been awarded a tender to supply Jubillee, T-Shirts, Caps Bags, Lesos and wristbands and was in a position to pay the said cash
She is alleged to have committed the offence that on diverse dates between December 2016 and November 17, 2017 at various places in Nairobi County with intent to defraud.
Mwarania was also charged with obtaining Sh 1 million from John Kiama Mbugua on diverse dates between August 16, 2017 and September 3, 2017 pretending she was in a position to supply the same items.
In the third count the accused person was charged with obtaining Sh1, 930,000 from Brian Manyara Ngumi on diverse dates between August 4 2017 and September 30 2017 using the same tricks.
Mwarania was further accused of issuing seven bouncing cheques to Adan on January 17, 2017 at Ridgeways Mall in Nairobi county amounting to Sh 8.4 million.
The court further heard that she issued Manyara with several bouncing cheques amounting to over Sh 2 million on diverse dates in August 2017.
The prosecution informed the court that the accused also issued similar cheques to Kiama amounting to Sh 1.65 million on August 31, 2017 at Sarit center in Nairobi County.
She denied the charges before Milimani chief magistrate Francis Andayi.
Mwarania is said to have disappeared after receiving the cash. She was later trailed and arrested on September 26, 2018 after which it was established that she was an imposter.
In a different case filed in the same court, Mwarania was charged with obtaining credit by false pretences.
She is accused incurring a debt to Mauline Achieng Otieno of Sh Sh 700,000 pretending she was in a position to pay by issuing a Chase bank cheque.
She is alleged to have committed the offence on August 22, 2015 at Family Bank Tower along Muindi Mbingu Street in Nairobi County.
The prosecution further alleged that the accused obtained Sh 5,000 from one Mercy Naliaka Mulongo pretending that she was a personal assistant to Kenya Ports Authority chairman and was in a position to assist her get a job as a data entry personnel in KPA Mombasa.
The accused is alleged to have obtained the money via M-Pesa on June 15, 2018 in Nairobi County.
In another county Mwarania is accused of obtaining Sh 320,000 from Salome Pamela Ondara pretending she was in a position to sell her a Toyota fielder from the KPA auction between July 13 and 30, 2018.
The court on the same dates and place she obtained another Sh 10,000 via M-pesa from Nathan Kipkemboi Kibet pretending that she was in a position to sell him a Toyota Fielder.
She was granted a total bond of Sh 1.5 million or alternative cash bail of Sh 800,000. The case will be mentioned on October 9 and will be heard on October 30, 2018.
The prosecution had objected her release on bail for seven days in order for police to complete investigation to various complaints raise by victims countrywide.
According to the police the amount of money involved is substantial and nothing so far has been recovered and they yet to investigate her several accounts which have been identified as her release will jeopardize recovery if the alleged stole money is in the said accounts.