A veterinarian from Kiambu County has been charged with defrauding an elderly woman of Ksh580,000 meant for the purchase of cows, which he never intended to deliver.
According to bank statements seen by Kenyans.co.ke, the suspect received the money in installments from the elderly woman’s son.
He initially received Ksh300,000 on October 10, Ksh100,000 on October 14, and Ksh140,000 on October 15 while the rest was sent via mobile money.
Simon Mwangi, an activist who shared the elderly woman’s story reported that the suspect was part of a gang conning unsuspecting Kenyans of their hard-earned money.
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“He accomplished this (defrauding the lady) by using enticing photos and videos of a well-known dairy farm in Githunguri, purportedly without the owner’s knowledge or consent,” Mwangi reported.
According to the activist’s account, the veterinary used social media platforms to promote the shell company he was running.
Through such antics, he was able to fool the elderly lady who wanted to purchase cows. The suspect claimed that he owned an extensive farm, where he reared healthy animals.
However, when he received the money, the suspect switched off his phone and failed to deliver the cows.
The suspect went into hiding and gambled the entire loot only to lose it all on different platforms.
In one instance the suspect gambled Ksh324,110 through a betting platform but lost all the money. He was later arrested at a hideout in Njoro.
He would later be arraigned in court where he pleaded guilty. He is currently awaiting sentencing which is slated to be delivered on November 15.
According to the reports, the suspect gambled the final Ksh4,000 while in custody but lost all of it.
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