Woman in trouble after ‘politician’ boyfriend tricks her into Sh43,000 scam

A 32-year-old woman who was allegedly lured into a fraudulent deal by a ‘politician’ lover she had not met is facing fraud charges.

Ruth Wanjiku Kangethe has been charged with obtaining money by false pretences after she allegedly defrauded a farmer of Sh44,300.

She is accused of defrauding Ms Mary Wachuka Kinyua of the money on 19 May this year by falsely claiming to be able to process a title deed for her land.

Ms Kangethe is also charged with impersonating a public officer.

In the charge, she is accused of falsely impersonating a person employed by the Public Service Commission (PSC) on 19 May by pretending to be an employee of the Land Registry who was in a position to process a title deed for a plot of land in the Solio Settlement Scheme.

Ms Kang’ethe says she was introduced to the man who lured her into the scam through a close friend.

She is said to have met the friend at a social venue in Nairobi, where she told her that she knew a man she could date and gave her his contact. The man was said to be an influential politician.

Ms Kangethe allegedly reached out to the man and they began a relationship, constantly calling each other to check on each other as their “love” “blossomed”.

At one point, the lover told her to expect a call from a woman who wanted to speed up the process of getting a title deed for her land.

She was instructed to ask the woman for Sh43,300 for the process and she obliged.

Later, as she had been told, she received a call from a woman, Ms Kinyua, who was willing to hand over the money in exchange for the title deed service. Ms Kang’ethe received the money as instructed by her ‘lover’.

The accused was then instructed by the lover to keep Sh5000 and send him the rest, which she did.

Ms Kang’ethe later received a phone call from Ms Kinyua demanding her money back as she had learnt that she had been defrauded.

However, she did not have the money and the matter was reported to the police. Mrs Kangethe was located and arrested.

The alleged lover purporting to be an influential politician was not arrested.

The suspect denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Monica Kivuti of the Makadara Law Courts and asked for a lenient bail.

She told the court that she was a single mother of three children who depended on her alone. Ms Kivuti released her on a cash bail of Sh30,000. The case will come up for mention on 15 December ahead of trial on 8 July next year.

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