BY GIKUNGA KARIUKI FOR EDAILY.
A 26-year-old woman from Kikuyu in Kiambu County has denied conning her 92-year-old grandmother out of Ksh11.5 million and shares worth Ksh20 million.
Aisha Wanjiru Njeri, who was arraigned before Kikuyu Principal Magistrate Daniel Musyoka on Tuesday, February 27, faced nine counts of theft, including illegal withdrawal of money from her grandmother’s bank account and faking of share transfer documents.
Ms Njeri, who was living with her granny, Wanjiru Mungai, in Kikuyu, allegedly used the Ksh11.5 million to buy a piece of land in Githurai, where she constructed a house.
Ms Njeri was freed on a bond of Ksh3 million or a cash bail of similar amount.
It is alleged the suspect took advantage of her grandmother’s old age to become a signatory to her Equity bank account.
The offences, according to the charge sheet, were committed on diverse dates between 2015 and 2018 within Kiambu and Nairobi counties.
A local government official allegedly conspired with the suspect to ensure the elderly woman’s shares from a Kiambu farmers’ company were transferred to Ms Njeri.
The transfer, facilitated by the government official, was in writing. The charge sheet says the suspect used forged documents to successfully transfer ownership of shares.
In one of the counts, it is alleged Ms Njeri illegally withdrew Ksh6, 657, 320 from her grandmother’s bank account on Kimathi Street, Nairobi between February 1, 2015 and February 15, 2018.
In the same charge, it is alleged the suspect stole Ksh2, 424, 945 from the complainant’s bank account in Kikuyu, while another Ksh1, 967, 499 was withdrawn from Ms Mungai’s bank account at Wangige in Kabete. The two incidents happened between the said dates in 2015 and 2018.
Ms Njeri further withdrew other amounts (Ksh107, 165; Ksh60, 330; Ksh100, 165 and Ksh150, 165) from Ms Mungai’s bank account (Equity) in Kiambu, Githurai, Tom Mboya Street and Westlands, Nairobi respectively.
The suspect was also charged with forgery. It is alleged that on October 14, 2016, she, at an unknown place, crafted without lawful authority, a transfer letter purporting to be a share transfer letter signed by Ms Mungai.
In another incident, still linking her to fraud, it is alleged Ms Njeri knowingly forged a transfer of ownership letter, saying her grandmother had mandated her to transfer her shares from Gatatha Farmers Company Limited in Kiambu County to her (Ms Njeri’s) account.
The case will be mentioned on March 12.