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Man in court for withholding Sh21,900 erroneously send to his M-Pesa account

An electrician who allegedly retained Sh21,900 erroneously sent to his M-Pesa account has been charged with intentionally withholding payment delivered erroneously contrary to section 35 of the computer misuse and cybercrime Act of 2018.

Caston Majanja is accused of withholding the cash sent to him by James Deng on March 25, 2023 at Sports View estate within Kasarani in Nairobi, which ought to have been delivered to someone else.

The accused person has also been charged with obtaining money by false pretenses contrary to section 313 of the penal code.

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Mr Majanja is accused of obtaining Sh21,900 from Mr Deng with intent to defraud while pretending he was a caretaker of a building at the estate where Mr Deng was looking for a house.

The suspect allegedly obtained the money falsely pretending he was in a position to offer the complainant a residential house knowing the same was not true.

Mr Deng who is a student at a college in Nairobi’s CBD was looking for a house when he met Mr Majanja, who claimed to be a caretaker.

He was given a telephone number to which he was to send the rent and he was shown a vacant house at an apartment after making payment and moved in.

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The complainant was later informed by other tenants that the person he had made the payment to was not the landlord. He contacted the landlord who shared the same information. The landlord informed him that he not employed Mr Majanja or anyone as the caretaker.

Mr Deng later reported the matter at Kasarani Police Station and the suspect was arrested.

Mr Manjanja denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Agnes Mwangi of Makadara Law Courts. He was released on a cash bail of Sh25,000. The case will be mentioned on April 18, 2023 before hearing starts on September 6, 2023.

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