Security guard in court for Sh13.9 million theft charge

Written By Michael Maunda on Thursday, August 9, 2012 | 12:49 AM

 A security guard was yesterday charged with stealing over Sh13.9 million from his employer. Charles Otaruk Chebon, who appeared before senior principal magistrate Lucy Nyambura faces another charge of giving false information to a police officer. 

 The prosecution led by chief inspector Daniel Musangi applied for the accused to be remanded in police custody for four days to enable investigators to complete investigations. He said investigations will need to extend to Western province to recover some exhibits.The magistrate ordered Chebon remanded at the JKIA police station until Monday.

Lawyer BM Wamalwa asked the court to release Chebon on bail pending the hearing of the case. He said his client has a right to freed on bail. 

The court heard that on August 7, 2012, between Bank of Africa Eldoret branch and Nairobi, the accused being an employee of Wells Fargo, he stole $149,000, £6,700 and Euros 4,065 ( Sh13,965,460), the property of Wells Fargo.

He is also charged with lying to Contable Joseph Njuguna of Karen police station in Nairobi, that three armed thugs had robbed him of mobile phone, loan forms, Sh1,500 cash and personal documents. Chebon claimed the robbers, who were armed with an AK-47, were in Administration Police uniform

According to police the accused gave information, he knew or believed to be false, intending to conceal his involvement in the theft of company cash causing constable Njuguna not to apprehend him which he ought to have done if the true state of facts was given.

Source: The Star