‘Fake’ house agent arraigned in court

A suspected fraudster who allegedly colluded with others to defraud a woman of Sh70,000 while promising her a rental house was arraigned at Kibera law courts and charged with obtaining money by false pretenses.

Douglas Anyira is accused of defrauding Grace Shaki Wanyiri of her cash by falsely promising to rent her a one bedroom apartment in Kileleshwa, Nairobi.

Anyira committed the alleged offence on diverse dates between March and April last year jointly with others at large.

He is also facing an additional charge of conspiracy to defraud after he allegedly colluded with others to defraud Wanyiri.

Wanyiri had read a poster at a shopping mall in Westlands, Nairobi advertising the rental house.

She called the number on the poster purported to be that of the house’s owner who referred her to another person purported to be the caretaker.

Wanyiri met the purported caretaker and she was taken to the apartment where she was shown from outside and given details of the interior of the house.

She liked it although she did not venture inside. Wanyiri was given Anyira’s phone number to send the money to him whereby she sent the cash in two transactions.

Later on she packed and shifted to the house only to find it still occupied and the occupant had no idea of either Anyira or the person Wanyiri had met and their accomplices.

She reported to the police and Anyira was traced and arrested.

Anyira denied the charges before resident magistrate William Tullel of Kibera law courts.

He was released on a bond of Sh100,000 and an alternative cash bail of Sh50,000.

The case will be mentioned on February 25.

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