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3 in court for obtaining millions from Kenya in fictitious airline jobs

By Faith Karanja | Published Wed, March 1st 2017 at 00:00, Updated March 1st 2017 at 08:22 GMT +3
L-R Stella Amaya, Elizabeth Wanjiru and John Odhiambo in the dock at a Milimani court where they were charged with obtaining money with false pretence. PHOTO: GEORGE NJUNGE

Three people have been charged with defrauding job-seekers millions of shillings by promising them jobs as airline cabin crew and pilots.

John Odhiambo Majiwa and Elizabeth Wanjiru Kinyanjui were accused of luring over 40 job seekers by promising them special training in South Africa, Dubai and Canada before offering them jobs in an airline called Baracuda Airways.

They were charged alongside the 'airline' accountant, Stella Ivy Amaya.

The court heard that the accused were arrested on February 24 and 25, 2017 after public complaints.

The prosecution said that on February 22, 2017 more than 21 complainants paid Sh9.7 million into an account at Standard Chartered Bank belonging to the firm.

Majiwa and Wanjiru, the court heard, are listed as holders of the accounts where the funds were deposited.

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The money was to be used as payments for the training after which the complainants were assured of jobs as pilots and cabin crew in the airline, which was to start operations in January, 2017.

But when the complainants visited the company's offices at Equity Building along Argwings Kodhek road, Nairobi, they found its doors closed.

They all denied the charges and were released on Sh1 million cash bail each or a bond of Sh2 million.