County staff in trouble for paying wife Ksh7.8M as salary despite being employed by another county

A court has been told how a former payroll master in Elgeyo Marakwet County illegally paid his wife a salary totaling 7.8 million shillings, despite her being employed by Uasin Gishu County.

Resident Magistrate Hezron Nyaberi says Kiptoo Tanui colluded with his wife Violet Jelagat to defraud Elgeyo Marakwet County of the amount over a period of two and a half years.

Chief prosecutor Wanjiku Karanja has told the court Jelagat withdrew Ksh4 million and Ksh3.8 million separately from two different local bank accounts.

The magistrate was issuing a ruling in the case filed by the couple seeking release of their personal vehicle that had been detained and reversal of an order freezing their five bank accounts.

Kiptoo was arrested but the case on the corruption charges against him are yet to kick off.

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