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Man battles fraud charges in Sh148k timber deal

A man who allegedly claimed payment and received Sh148, 000 from a businessman who was buying timber from a dealer in Makongeni in Nairobi has been charged with cheating.

At the Makadara Law Courts, John King’ori Karuu is accused of inducing Mufaddal Najim by means of fraudulent tricks to pay him the cash which was meant for Ahmed Somo.

He is accused of receiving the cash on March 28th and April 6th in Makongeni within Makadara Sub County of Nairobi.

Karuu is said to have gone to Somo’s store and informed him that he had a customer who wanted to buy timber worth Sh148, 000.

The customer promised to pay the money later and the timber was loaded into a truck that delivered it to his store. Karuu was to be paid a commission for finding the customer, after the customer paid.

But the accused person allegedly went to the customer and used fraudulent tricks to convince him to pay the cash to him (Karuu).

Najm sent Sh100, 000 to Mr. Karuu on March 28th and the remaining Sh48, 000 on April 6.

Somo discovered this when he went to enquire about the payment from Najm.

He found out that Najm had paid for the timber assuming Mr. Karuu would deliver the cash to Mr. Somo.

The matter was reported to the police and the suspect was traced and arrested.

He denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Gathogo Sogomo.

The accused person was released on a bond of Sh100, 000 and an alternative cash bail of Sh50, 000.

The case will be mentioned on November 22 before hearing starts on March 28, 2023.

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