The Star (Nairobi)

16 February 2013

Kenya: Lawyer in Sh7.6 Million Fraud Suit Granted Bail

A lawyer facing Sh7.6 million fraud case has been granted bail by court. But Veronica Kimene Ndinda will only be free if she deposits Sh2 million bond and two sureties. Ndinda appeared in court on February 11 facing charges of obtaining Sh7.6 million under pretense that she was the owner of a piece of land she intended to sell.

The prosecutor, Chief Inspector Musengi, had opposed the suspect's bid for bail.The prosecutor said she did not appear in court for a previous mention. But Senior Principal Magistrate Lucy Mbugua directed that Ndinda be released on Sh2 million bond and two sureties after validating the medical papers presented in court by defence lawyer.

Ndinda is accused of taking Sh7.6 million from Edward Ngera Mwangi and Rose Thuo at Kencom House in Nairobi four years ago. Acting Magistrate Delphine Okundi heard that Ndinda forged a certificate of lease that was purported to be leased and signed by the registrar of land, Sarah Mwenge, after pretending to be the owner of a registered piece of land.

Ndinda also faces charges of undermining authority. The court was told on February 10 at Milimani property flats, Imara Daima estate, she insulted police officers who had been sent to arrest her.She pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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