Police identify 25 year old man linked to Sabina Chege MPesa con scheme
SEE ALSO :Sabina: Behind the charm is a fighterIt is alleged that after Chacha had registered the number to indicate it belonged to Chege, he sent distress messages in her name to a number of VIPs seeking funds. The messages claimed that Sabina was in hospital and needs money urgently. At least four MPs including Speaker of National Assembly Justin Muturi sent money to the number thinking it was Chege who was in need. Chege emotionally recounted before the National Assembly Committee on Security and National Administration how the man impersonated her and sent messages to three Cabinet Secretaries and legislators at night saying she needed cash urgently. “Those who sent the money saw that the M-Pesa number had been registered under Sabina Wanjiku Chege. That is why they did not suspect anything. It wasn't until former MP Jakoyo Midiwo asked me about it the following day that I learnt of it. Many other people had been sent the same message,” Ms Chege said. Midiwo and three other MPs have also reported the matter to the police.
SEE ALSO :DeMathew's life as told from his homeThose who sent money to the number registered under Sabina Chege Speaker Muturi, CSs Eugene Wamalwa, Peter Munya and Margaret Kobia and unknown senators have fallen victim to the racket and sent money. The committee heard that Mr Muturi lost Sh30,000 after the same man sent a distress message supposedly in need of help to buy medication. Former Migori Senator Wilfred Machage is said to have deposited Sh140,000 to Chacha’s account but it is not clear for what reasons It also emerged that Chacha sent two students of Multimedia University to collect Sh100,000 from Midiwo after he demanded more information. The two students include a nephew to the former MP. They were charged with attempting to obtain money from the politician by false pretences. Derick Ng’etich and Edwin Warukira were accused of fraudulently obtaining money from the former Gem MP and Ms Chege on March 8 at Goldenspot Restaurant in Nairobi. They are accused of obtaining Sh100, 000 from the two legislators. The two denied the charges before chief magistrate Francis Andayi and requested for a free bond, claiming both are students. Ng’etich, 19 told police Chacha called him that day and requested that he goes and picks the money from Midiwo from the restaurant. The student had met Chacha in the former MP’s house and they knew each other. “The boy says Chacha told him he was unwell in hospital and needed the money to enable him pay the bills. The boy told him he was in Rongai and Chacha sent him fare and direction to the restaurant to enable him pick the money.” It was as Ng’etich and his friend Warukira went to pick the money from the former MP that they were arrested by police who had been informed. And after Chacha learnt police were involved he switched off his mobile phones. Come Monday, he was sighted in Ruiru but again vanished and police say they are looking for him.
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