Fake cop pleads guilty to conning city woman of Sh10,000
A man who defrauded a litigant at the Makadara Law Courts of Sh10,000 while posing as a police officer has pleaded guilty to charges of obtaining money by false pretenses contrary to section 313 of the penal code.
Mr Alexander Simiyu was charged at the same courts with fraudulently obtaining the money from Jane Waruguru on December 15, 2023 by pretending to be in a position to bail her out after she was charged at the court.
Mr Simiyu was also charged with impersonation contrary to section 382 of the penal code after he presented himself as an employee of the National Police Service working as a police officer at Kayole Police Station to Ms Waruguru and assumed to retain her cash bail of Sh10,000.
The fraudster was also charged with being in possession of government stores contrary to section 324 (2) of the penal code as read with section 36 of the criminal procedure code after he was found with handcuffs key at the time of his arrest on January 22, 2023 in Tushauriane area of Njiru Subcounty.
He was also found with a certificate of appointment belonging to disciplined forces suspected of having been unlawfully obtained.
Ms Warunguru had been charged at the Makadara Law Courts where she met the accused person who was her friend. She knew him as a police officer attached to Kayole Police Station.
Mr Simiyu defrauded her of the money and took her belongings falsely claiming he would bail her out before she was taken to Langata Women’s Prison.
The accused claimed he intended to take the money to the officer commanding Kayole Police Station who would facilitate solving the matter out of court.
When Ms Waruguru was released from prison, all her efforts to contact Mr Simiyu were fruitless, prompting her to report the matter to the police.
Mr Simiyu was later seen at a social joint in Kayole where he was arrested. Police officers who arrested him searched him and found him with a fake certificate of appointment and a handcuffs key.
The accused person pleaded guilty to all the three charges before Chief Magistrate Francis Kyambia. He will remain in custody until Monday next week when his case will be mentioned for sentencing.