Three university students posing as examination agents have been charged before a Nairobi court with defrauding members of the public millions of shillings through social media in pretense they were offering Kenya National Examinations papers leakages for 2022.
Kelvin Anunda Mogaka, Francis Manyara Ogata and Brivin Osano Ombongi appeared before Milimani Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo and denied twelve charges of conspiracy to defraud, publication of false information on social media Telegram and being in possession of Identification Cards belonging to five different persons.
According to prosecution, the trio were arrested following a complaint lodged by different victims who had been defrauded over Ksh. 4 million deposited at two different accounts. The three are said to have shared equally the loot.
In the first count, the three students are charged that on unknown date and place within the Republic of Kenya, they conspired to deceive members of public through Telegram Social media platform that there is a Kenya National Examinations Council leakages for 2022 a fact they knew to be false.
On count two, Adunda, are accused that on diverse dates between October 1, and October 20,2022 unknown place within the Republic of Kenya knowingly published information on Telegram that they were offering Kenya National Examinations papers leakages for the year 2022 a fact they knew to be false.
Adunda was alone charged with five counts of being in possession of Identification Cards belonging to Denis Makori Nyanga, Martin Gacheru Wanjiru, Trevor Wanyonyi, Bernard Kipyego Maiyo and Elijah Ogoti Nyamberi during his arrest on October 27.
After denying the charges, the trio pleaded for lenient and reasonable bail terms as they are students at the University and will attend court as and when required.
“I urge the court to release me on reasonable bail terms. As I am a fourth year student studying Education without any source of income, “said Osoro.
They told the court the offences they are facing are bailable, not a flight risk and have been cooperating with DCI detectives since their arrest on October 26,2022.
However, the magistrate ordered each other them to be released on a bond of Ksh 1 million with an alternative cash bail of Ksh 500,000 with two contact persons.
The pretrial is set for November 14.
By Rodgers Oduor