NYS scam suspects to be charged with money laundering

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has approved charges against eleven suspects involved in the National Youth Service (NYS) scam. The nine are alleged to have been involved in money laundering totaling to Sh791 from NYS.

A statement from the DPP’s office says that on 21st of January 2016, the Banking Fraud investigation Unit (BFIU) submitted the inquiry file on the said investigations to the DPP.

Having perused the resubmitted file, the DPP is satisfied that the evidence establishes the offence of money laundering contrary to Section 3 & 4 of the Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering Act.

Businessman Benson Gethii Wangui, his mother Charity Wangui Gethii, kin Anthony Gethii Kihara and sister Jedidah Wangari Wangui will be charged.

Also to be charged are five business associates – including businesswoman Josephine Kabura Irungu, John Hope Vandamme, Paul Kinuthia Gachoka and Samwel Wachenje.  Lawyers Patrick Ogolla Onyango, John Kago Ndung’u and Martin Gachara Wanjohi will also be charged.

They face 14 years in jail if found guilty including possible confiscation of their properties.

The statement signed by DPP’s head of communications Beatrice Omari says that the DPP directed the suspects be charged accordingly.

BFIU had earlier stated in court filings that Gethii used lawyers to swindle the money. First the funds were wired to them, who then purchased properties on their behalf to ensure it is not traced back to them.

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