Women accused of stealing from the dead charged

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Scoller Katunge Mwangi and Grace Nyachomba Muriuki at Milimani Law Courts where they denied forging Bridgeville Company board resolution. Photo/Suek.

Two women who allegedly intended to steal from the dead have been charged in Nairobi.

Scoller Katunge Mwangi, 67, and Grace Nyachomba Muriuki, 42,  are accused of forging board resolution to activate the account of Bridgeville Heights Construction Limited.

The forged resolution was dated 21st April 2022 purported to be genuine and valid, made by the company directors.

The women are alleged to have committed the offence on 28th April 2022 jointly with others not before court.

Katunge allegedly impersonated one the Bridgeville directors Petty Mumbi Kinyua who passed away in November 2020.

On the other hand, Nyachomba is alleged to have impersonated the remaining director Irene Naipanoi Montet.

The two are also jointly charged with uttering the fake board resolution to Andrew Waiganjo Njuguna, the Cooperative bank Kawangware branch manager.

They are also charged with forging the national identity cards of the two directors.

According to the investigators, the two women presented themselves at the said bank on 11th May 2022 at 4.30PM as the directors of Bridgeville.

They presented the said board resolution indicating that they wanted to activate the company’s account domiciled at the said branch. They went ahead to produced identity cards bearing the names of the directors.

Since it was a high end account, the customer service officer referred the matter to the manager.

Bridgeville directors known

Surprisingly, the manager new the said account and also knew the real directors personally. He also knew one of the directors had passed away.

Further, the manager noticed that the photos in the photos in the bank system did not resemble the two women.

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Waiganjo went ahead to contact the remaining director, Montet. She confirmed that she had not sent anyone to transact on her behalf.

Montet added that they were in the process of finalising the succession process in court.

Thereafter, Waiganjo secretly called the Banking Fraud Investigations Department who immediately apprehended the suspects.

The two women appeared before Chief Magistrate Susan Shitubi and denied committing the offences.

They were granted a bond of Sh 1 million and one surety of a similar amount.

They were also given an alternative to pay Sh 500,000 cash bail each.

The case will be mentioned on 26th May 2022.