Three Egerton University students posing as examination agents have been charged before a Nairobi court with defrauding members of the public of millions of shillings through social media in the pretence they were offering Kenya National Examinations papers leakages.
Kelvin Anunda Mogaka, Francis Manyara Ogata and Brevin Osano Ombongi appeared before Milimani Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo and denied 12 charges of conspiracy to defraud, publication of false information on social media namely Telegram and being in possession of Identification Cards belonging to five different persons.
The prosecution claims that the trio were arrested following a complaint lodged by different members of the public who had been defrauded over Ksh4 million deposited at two different accounts. The three are said to have shared the loot equally.
In the first count, the three students are charged that on an unknown date and place within the Republic of Kenya, they conspired to deceive members of the public through the Telegram social media platform that there are a Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) leakages for 2022, a fact they knew to be false.
On count two, the trio is accused that on diverse dates between October 1, and October 20, 2022, at an unknown place within the Republic of Kenya, knowingly published information through an electronic application namely Telegram that they were offering Kenya National Examinations papers leakages for the year 2022 a fact they knew to be false.
Adunda was alone charged with five counts of being in possession of Identification Cards belonging to Denis Makori Nyanga, Martin Gacheru Wanjiru, Trevor Wanyonyi, Bernard Kipyego Maiyo and Elijah Ogoti Nyamberi during his arrest on October 27.
After denying the charges, the trio urged the court to release them on reasonable bail terms as they are students at the University and will attend court as and when required.
"I urge the court to release me on reasonable bail terms. As I am a fourth-year student studying Education without any source of income," Osano stated.
They told the court the offences they are facing are bailable, not a flight risk and have been cooperating with DCI detectives since their arrest on October 26, 2022.
However, the magistrate ordered each of them to be released on a bond of Ksh1 million with an alternative cash bail of Ksh500,000 with two contact persons.
The pretrial is set for November 14.