Fraudster in court for conning job seeker during KDF recruitment
A man who allegedly obtained Sh250,000 from a desperate job seeker promising him a job with the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has been charged with obtaining the money by false pretenses contrary to section 313 of the Penal Code.
Arthur Osamgir is accused of colluding with others to defraud Evans Nyamwanda of cash on diverse dates between August 15 and 23 while promising to enlist him into the military in the ongoing KDF recruitment exercise.
Osamgir is facing an additional charge of conspiracy to commit a felony where he is accused of working in cahoots with others to execute the fraud during the same period contrary to section 393bo the Penal Code.
The accused allegedly called the complainant and informed him that he was well connected and was in a position to help him secure employment with the KDF if he paid Sh250,000. Osamgir had promised to help him get a job as a tradesman since he was a plumber.
Mr Nyamwanda travelled from Busia County to Nairobi where he met Mr Osamgir who took him to a hotel along Thika Superhighway where he shared details of how he was using his connections to secure him the job and asked him to make a down payment of Sh190,000 for the deal.
The complainant sent him the additional cash and Osamgir told him to return to Busia and wait for a call from him on where to pick up the KDF employment letter.
He later received a call to return to Nairobi and travelled to the city, however, along the way, he was asked to send more cash which he obliged and sent but on arrival, he was taken in circles for a while and later, the accused started avoiding him before he realized he had been conned.
Mr Nyamwanda reported the matter at Kayole Police Station on August 23, 2023, leading to Mr Osamgir’s arrest.
Police obtained orders at Makadara Law Courts to investigate his M-Pesa account which received the money from the complainant while holding him in custody.
Mr Osamgir denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Hellen Okwani of the Makadara Law Courts and was granted a cash bail of Sh300,000. The case will be mentioned on November 20, 2023, before the hearing starts on March 2024.