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How Gikomba trader defrauded counterpart by selling fake Canada visa

By Joseph Ndunda December 20th, 2022 2 min read

A businesswoman who allegedly conned her friend of Sh306, 862, after promising her a traveling visa to Canada was charged with obtaining money by false pretenses contrary to section 313 of the penal code.

At the Makadara Law Courts, Ms. Beatrice Kerubo Sagwe is accused of obtaining the money from Ms. Lucyline Kwamboka on diverse dates between August 23 and November 1, 2022.

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Ms. Sagwe was allegedly falsely pretending that she was in a position to assist the complainant in acquiring a traveling visa to Canada, knowing the same was untrue, jointly with others not before the court.

Ms. Kwamboka met the accused person in the Gikomba market, where they are both traders, and the suspect told her that her daughter had secured a visa to go to Canada for further studies.

Ms. Sagwe claimed she was in a position to help Ms. Kwamboka secure herself a visa to the country.

Ms. Kwamboka started raising money for the same, and in August, she received a call from Ms. Sagwe, who claimed there was a group about to travel to Canada and wanted her to be part of it.

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On August 23, Ms Kwamboka sent Ms Sagwe Sh24, 000 via Mpesa money for registration.

The next day she sent her Sh120, 600 through Mpesa to start booking interviews for the visa application process, and five days later, on August 28, she sent Sh69, 300 being payment for the second interview process.

Two days later Ms. Kwamboka’s husband allegedly transferred 47, 727 from his bank account to Ms. Sagwe’s Mpesa number. He later sent additional Sh45, 235.

Ms Kwamboka did not acquire any visa, and the accused person continued taking her in circles as she followed up with the matter, prompting her to report the matter to the police.

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Ms Sagwe was traced and arrested after investigations were done.

She denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Hellen Okwani.

The suspect was released on a cash bail of Sh150, 000.

The case will be mentioned on March 30, 2023, before the hearing starts on June 14.

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