COURT ISSUES ARREST WARRANT TO NYS SCAM SUSPECT FAMILY.

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Businessman Ben Gethi who his sister Jedidiah Wangari Wangui is among accused on the NYS scam slapped with arrest warrant.

BY SAM ALFAN.

The court in Nairobi has cast its net wider in a bid to recover stolen NYS money now issuing a warrant of arrest to a family member of one of the suspected masterminds.

A magistrate court today issued a warrant of arrest against the sister to Ben Gethi, an alleged architect in the loss of Sh791 million from the National Youth Service kitty.

His mother too, Charity Wangui Gethi is also among the persons charged.

The daughter, Jedidiah Wangari Wangui and the advocate who Okayed their business transactions, Patrick Ogolla have been summoned to appear in court on Monday.

Wangari and lawyer Ogolla failed to appear in court for the hearing of an application seeking to quash their prosecution.

The two warrants were issued by trial magistrate Martha Mutuku, who also directed that the matter be mentioned before her on Monday June 13 for further directions.

Director of Public Prosecution Mr Keriako Tobiko preferred money laundering charges against them according to Senior Prosecution Counsel Mr Gitonga Muranga.

Mr Gitonga said that the DPP was convinced to charge them after reviewing a file presented to him by the Director of Criminal Investigation Ndegwa Muhoro thereby preferring the offence of money laundering against them.

Charity Wangui Gethi, Jedidah Wangari Wangui, John Kago Ndungu, Patrick Onyango Ogolla of  Ogolla and  Mujeri   advocates, Josephine Kabura and Ben Gethi have not pleaded to the charges due to a pending judgement in the high court.

It will be delivered on June 29.

Their assets have also been attached in a bid to recover the money lost. They are to be preserved pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

The said properties are situated in Muthaiga North, Rosslyn Estate, Eden Times Restaurant and Mercury Building that is located along Moi Avenue, in Nairobi.

The Asset Recovery Agency said that their investigations revealed massive fraud and embezzlement of public funds and as such attached the properties of the suspects.

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