UNCERTAINTY surrounds a case in which a businessman has been charged for allegedly conning the judiciary of Sh80 million. Sources at the anti-banking fraud investigations unit said the prosecution might amend charges against the businessman once it completes investigations. Police have not revealed the identity of the businessman.
Police sources told the Star that more suspects among them some judiciary officials are likely to be enjoined in the case next week. Documents seen by the Star reveal that part of the monies were paid to 11 firms which supplied the Judiciary with various goods and services.
The companies named in the documents are Integrated Real Estate Service Ltd, Fintax Consultants, Spoofer Innovations, Meerkats Kenya Ltd, Perfectors Tent & Events, William Logistic and Colldax Agencies. Others are Bonarza Agencies, Exigent Agencies, Accra Communication Systems and Josner Metro Enterprises.The documents show that Bonarza Agencies received more that Sh12 million.
They also indicate that the payments were effected on September 14, which was on a Saturday.Other questionable payments include Sh2.6 million released on September at 7.15 in pm, and another made on September 12th of Sh 48 million done at 18.26 pm. This means that the payments were done outside Judiciary's official working hour. The payments were effected through an electronic system used by judiciary called G-Pay.
Questions have also been raised over a resolution by Judicial Service Commission on September 16. The commission allegedly replaced an officer from the G-Pay. So far five judiciary officials have spent nights at Kileleshwa police station out of the 15 questioned.
Sources at the anti-banking fraud informed the Star that they started the probe following reports made by the judiciary on Thursday.
The money in question was drawn from judiciary's deposit account which holds fines and any cash collected by courts.
It was allegedly paid to numerous accounts belonging to different companies held at five commercial banks. The companies got paid even though there were no services provided to warrant the payment.
This comes at a time when judiciary already started investigations into claims of corruption leveled against its Chief Registrar Gladys Shollei. Shollei who was at one point sent on compulsory leave is accused of misappropriating funds and failing to follow proper procedure in acquiring a building to house appeal court judges.
The building, Elgon Place is in Upper Hill area in Nairobi and is meant to house appeal court. Shollei was served with a raft of allegations among them alleged misappropriation of Sh1.2 billion. She is expected to give her answer to the allegations.
Shollei defended herself and ensured Kenyans that she will clear her name.