Performers Rights Society of Kenya Director charged with forged 13-year-old varsity degree

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 29 Nov, 2021 17:46 | 2 mins read
Ephantus Wahome Kamau at Milimani Law Courts Nairobi. PHOTO/SHEILA MUTUA

Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK) Director has been arraigned in court and charged with forging a Maseno University degree in Human Resource Management, a document he has had since 2008.

Ephantus Wahome Kamau who was arraigned at Nairobi Milimani Law Courts is alleged to have committed the offense at an unknown place within the republic of Kenya with intent to deceive and without lawful authority.

The director is also facing a second count of uttering a false document.

" Ephantus Wahome Kamau. On September 20, 2018 at Jumuia place in Kilimani within Nairobi county knowingly and fraudulently uttered a certain document namely a University degree certificate serial number 111598 dated December 5th 2008 to Leah Munjiru Macharia of performers Rights Society of Kenya purporting it to be genuine document a fact you knew to be false or untrue," the second count of the charge sheet read.

According to a cover report seen by K24 Digital, the complainant in this matter; Kenya Copyrights Board which is the PRISK regulator, wrote a letter to DCI Kilimani requesting verification of academic documents of its employees as they suspected some might have been forged.

Among the documents presented by the board to the DCI were academic certificates of the accused person who claimed to own a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management from Maseno University among others.

Upon receiving the documents, the DCI began investigations and wrote a letter to the institution where they subjected the certificates to verification.

"That Maseno University upon verification of the said academic certificate, they denied knowledge of the same vide their response," the report read in part.

The investigating officer then wrote a letter to Performers Rights Society of Kenya where the accused secured employment as a director using the forged academic certificate requesting for its employment records and the same was supplied. It was then established that the said documents he presented to secure employment were forged.

Ephantus pleaded not guilty before Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi claiming the charges are malicious.

The court granted him a cash bail of Ksh100,000 and ordered the matter to be mentioned on December 10.