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How man stole Sh3.6m from a dead man’s bank account

A man has been charged with stealing Sh3.6 million from a dead person’s bank account.

Davis Michira Magori denied three counts before Milimani senior principal magistrate Bernard Ochoi of conspiracy to defraud, stealing, handling stolen property and acquisition and use of proceeds of crime.

A state prosecutor, James Gachoka, told Mr Ochoi that Magori stole Sh3,621,181.42 from the account of the late Samwel Kiplagat Sang of Litein Kericho County.

The deceased money was banked at the Equity Bank Limited, Litein Branch.

Magori allegedly stole the money on diverse dates between May 31 and July 31, 2023, while in the company of others not before the court.

He was accused of dishonestly receiving Sh110,000 in his MPesa Account number +254740574403 held at Safaricom PLC Waiyaki Way Nairobi while knowing or having reasons to believe the money had been stolen.

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Magori was also accused of using the said Sh110,000 wired into his MPesa Account by withdrawing it and utilising the same when he knew categorically they were proceeds of crime.

He denied the charges and then applied to be released on bond, saying he was not a flight risk.

Mr Gachoka did not oppose the bail plea but asked the magistrate to consider the amount involved and the circumstances under which the money was stolen in a county many miles away from the city.

In his brief ruling, the magistrate said bail is a constitutional right but not an absolute right.

He, however, said the victim of the fraud has long since died, and money meant to benefit his next of kin has found its way in the wrong hands.

He ordered the suspect to deposit a bond of Sh1 million.

Mr Ochoi directed the prosecution to furnish the suspect with witness statements and any other exhibits within two weeks when he will fix a trial date.