Two charged over Thome estate Sh 20 million land fraud

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Luke Kipchumba Metto and Eric Agbeko at Milimani Law Courts where they denied several land fraud related charges. Photo/Irene Onyango

Two businessmen have been charged over Sh 20 million Thome estate land fraud registered to a deceased person.

Luke Kipchumba Metto and Eric Agbeko are charged with conspiracy to defraud Agnes Mwendwa Marete and Kennedy Obutua Sh 20,100,000 by falsely pretending that Metto is the registered owner of land No. NAIROBI/BLOCK/110/234 measuring 0.234 Ha, a fact he knew to be false: which actions led to the said Marete and Obutua paying Metto the said money towards the purchase of the land.

The two are alleged to have committed the offence on diverse dates between 30th March 2018 and 23rd May 2020 jointly with others not before court.

Forgery

Metto is also charged with forging a sale agreement between himself and one Milka Wambui Wachira dated 03/06/2015 with intent to defraud, purporting it to be a genuine sale agreement.

In addition, Metto was charged with knowingly and fraudulently uttering the forged sale agreement at Ogwoka Ndege & Co. advocates in Nairobi.

He is alleged to have committed the offence on 30th March 2018 at the advocate’s offices.

Metto is further charged with forging the title and transfer form of the said land.

Further, Metto is accused of obtaining registration of the title by false pretences.

The court heard that on 24th August 2016 at Arthi House in Nairobi, wilfully and fraudulently registered the said land to his name by falsely pretending that the title was genuine and valid knowing so well that the land was already registered in the estate of deceased John Mbeti Muriithi.

Metto is lastly charged with obtaining the Sh 20 million fro the two complainants by pretending that he could sell to them the said land.

They both denied the land fraud charges before Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo.

Metto was granted a bond of Sh 1,000,000 with an alternative cash bail of Sh 500,000 while Agbeko was granted a bond of Sh 500,000.