Three charged with attempts to defraud company in Homa Bay

Written By: Beatrice Gatonye

Three employees of a logistics company have been charged with attempts counts to defraud the company through forgery.

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The suspects working for Mitchell Cotts Company are said to have forged letters to facilitate fraudulent delivery of shipment allegedly placed by Homa Bay County government.

On diverse dates, the three suspects Philemon Kimutai, Edna Mwikali and Caroline Akinyi are believed to have forged three letters with intent to defraud the company.

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The suspects were to execute their plan through letters purportedly originating from Homa Bay County government.

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In one of the alleged forged letters Dated 18th April 2018, there was a signature allegedly from the Homabay Governor Cyprian Awiti which authorized Mitchell Cotts Freight Limited to process the delivery order of a shipment.

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Another letter dated March 28 2017, signed on behalf of Homabay Governor Cyprian Awiti, refers to the loss of two containers used to supply a consignment to the county government and requests Ocean Freight EA Company to meet the value of the lost containers to enable the county request payment from the treasury.

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The fraudulent letters led to the detention of three vehicles purchased by the Homabay County Government including two fire engines and an ambulance amounting to Ksh 150 million at the Mitchell Cotts Freight yard.

Appearing before Mombasa Principal Magistrate Edgar Kagoni the suspects denied all the three counts and were released on a cash bail of Ksh 50, 000 each.


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