Narok deputy OCS, Kilifi policeman charged over Sh3.4m pension fraud

Narok Deputy OCS Milton Odhiambo Barasa and Kilifi crime scene officer James Thuo Njuguna

What you need to know:

  • Milton Odhiambo Barasa, the Narok Deputy Officer Commanding Station (OCS) and Kilifi’s James Thuo Njuguna denied two counts of conspiracy to defraud and neglecting their duties.
  • State prosecutor Alexander Gikunda told the magistrate the two conspired to defraud the police pension department of Sh3,482,451 by preparing and approving a forged claim for one Mr Samuel Kiprotich Bett.

A deputy police station commander from Narok and a crime scene officer from Kilifi were Monday charged in aSh3.4 million pension fraud case.

Milton Odhiambo Barasa, the Narok Deputy Officer Commanding Station (OCS) and Kilifi’s James Thuo Njuguna denied two counts of conspiracy to defraud and neglecting their duties.

State prosecutor Alexander Gikunda told the magistrate the two conspired to defraud the police pension department of Sh3,482,451 by preparing and approving a forged claim for one Mr Samuel Kiprotich Bett.

Mr Gikunda said they committed the offence at Vigilance House between 2017 and 2018, knowing Mr Bett was ineligible for pension.

Mr Barasa and Mr Njuguna were further charged with failing to prevent commission of the offence when they were the claims officers in the Pension Department.

BOND APPLICATION

The officers applied to be released on bond or bail, saying they had served the police service for more than two decades.

“Each of them has served the police force for over 27 years,” a defence lawyer told Milimani Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku.

The magistrate further heard that their services are most needed as the country fights the Covid-19 pandemic.

The lawyer also submitted that the accused were last Friday summoned from their stations to the offices of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and were in police custody throughout.

The lawyer asked the court to release his clients on a reasonable cash bail given “they did not benefit from the monies allegedly paid out to Mr Bett”.

Mr Gikunda did not oppose their bail plea and Ms Mutuku released each of them on a cash bail of Sh500,000.

Pre-trial directions will be given on July 20.