Nakuru man busted for conning residents while posing as magistrate

By , K24 Digital
On Sat, 9 Oct, 2021 16:09 | 2 mins read
Victor Kiprono Ng'eno who was arrested for posing as a magistrate.PHOTO/ROY LUMBE.

A 32-year-old man posing as a Nakuru Law Courts magistrate has been arrested by detectives after a sting operation on Saturday, October 10.

A cache of suspected fake employment letters from the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) was recovered by the police.

Victor Kiprono Ng'eno was arrested after complaints were lodged against the suspect last year.

He is alleged to have acted as a magistrate and even promised to intervene in some crucial cases once a deposit was made.

County Criminal Investigations Officer Anthony Sunguti confirmed that the suspect has been on the run for some time.

He noted that the accused has had a tendency of duping unsuspecting Kenyans by purporting to be a judicial officer in Nakuru.

"We have arrested the suspect and he is in custody awaiting to be arraigned in court on Tuesday," Sunguti said.

Ng'eno is said to have falsely obtained Ksh1.6 million from Samuel Soi on diverse dates between March 15, 2018 and December 31, 2019.

According to police, the suspect pretended to be the brother of former Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter and was in a position to help Soi secure a job at the Kenya Pipeline Nakuru branch.

He is also alleged to have obtained Ksh100,000 from Samuel Soi to expedite a civil case lodged at Nakuru Law Courts.

According to the complainant's lawyer Kipkoech Ng'etich, the arrest of the suspect was long overdue saying he has evaded law enforcement for a while.

Ng'etich who is also acting for the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and the Judiciary said the suspect was not on the record of judicial officers in the country.

The advocate issued a warning to persons masquerading as judicial officers saying the case will act as a lesson.

"Your days are numbered, you will be arrested and charged, the suspect had also claimed he was employing court clerks," Ng'etich said.

The suspect is alleged to have duped a number of unsuspecting Kenyans with reports revealing that he used to walk around with a toy pistol.