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How A Fraudster Using Rigathi’s Name Tricked A Jobseeker Conning Him Cash And Gadgets

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A man accused of using the name of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua to swindle unsuspecting individuals was yesterday arrested to face criminal charges.

George Morara Bosire is also accused of stealing job-seeker’s certificates which he later sells after alterations. Authorities say many people have fallen victim. One such victim is James Mwenda Mwanzia, from whom Bosire stole cash, laptops and mobile phones while pretending to be the adviser and chief procurement officer at Gachagua’s office. 

When he was arraigned in court, the prosecutor said he was a notorious fraudster who deserves to remain behind bars. Bosire was accused of stealing a Taifa laptop A3 valued at Sh60,000 and various academic certificates belonging to Mwanzia. Police have been on the trail of Bosire for a long. They say he has conned tens of Nairobi residents with fake promises of securing them jobs.

For instance, on August 30, Bosire lured Mwanzia to the precincts of Gachagua’s office on Harambee Avenue and directed him to wait outside the building as he sought opportunities for him inside.

Mwanzia was to get a data entry job at a pay of Sh2,000 per day.  “The two met outside the DP’s office where the accused convinced Mwanzia to hand over his bag containing various academic certificates and a laptop for safe custody in his office,” police say in their covering report. 

Moments later, Bosire called to inform Mwanzia that the area was under high surveillance and that he should switch off his phone to avoid being tracked. Police say the move was to trick the victim not to be in touch with his aunt, Anne Mumbai. 

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It was Mumbai who referred Mwanzia to Bosire.  After Mwanzia switched off his phone, Bosire called Mumbai informing her that the client had already secured the job and was undergoing training, the reason for which he said Mwanzia’s phone was off.

“He then convinced the aunt to meet him at a restaurant along Moi Avenue,” the report says.  Bosire told Mumbai that Mwanzia’s matter had already been sorted and suggested repairing her phone screen, which appeared cracked, at a nearby shop, only for him to vanish. 

Documents recovered

The two con victims later met and reported the matter to officers at Central Police Station. Some of their documents were later recovered.

Bosire was later tracked and arrested.  In court, he sought to block taking a plea and asked the magistrate to discharge him, claiming that police had detained him beyond the constitutional 24 hours.

Bosire was arrested on Thursday, October 27, and arraigned in court four days later.

But prosecutor Anderson Gikunda opposed his request and asked Milimani chief magistrate Wendy Michen to order that he takes the plea as scheduled.

The magistrate ruled that plea-taking proceeds but Bosire again made another oral application seeking to settle the matter out of court. Again, the court declined the request. Bosire was directed to be detained pending a bond ruling.


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