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Trio charged with defrauding businessman Sh. 500,000 in cancer cure scam

Two  women and a man were arraigned in a Makindu court on Monday, charged with defrauding a local businessman  Sh.500, 000 in the pretext of selling him seeds that could cure cancer.

Scholastica  Katulu, Catherine Kavumbu and Bernard Nyamai  were arrested on November 8, after they allegedly obtained Sh.500, 000 from John Mutunga at Emali town after they claimed that they had seeds that could treat cancer.

Appearing before Principal Magistrate (PM), Jared Magori the trio denied two counts of cheating and conspiracy to obtain money through false pretenses.

Katulu also faced a third charge of registering a mobile phone sim card with a false name.

The court heard that the accused committed the offense on November 6.

They  were each released on a cash bail of S.150, 000 or a Sh.250,000 bond with a surety of similar amount.

The court also directed the investigation officer, Joseph Ratemo to get access to the accused call logs, M-pesa transactions and bank statements for three accounts in Family Bank Kibwezi branch, Post Bank (Kibwezi) and Kenya Commercial Bank, headquarter branch from November 5-8 to assist him in the investigations.

The case will be mentioned on December 2 for a pre-trial while a full hearing was slated for December 18.

By  Roselyne  Kavoo

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