A mother of two who allegedly conned a senior magistrate and court staff of Sh206,000 through false pretences has been released on a personal bond of Sh200,000 with one surety of a similar amount by a Kabarnet court.
Vicky Chepngetich was charged that on diverse dates between May and December 2020 in Kabarnet town of Baringo Central, Baringo County, she incurred a debt to Paul Biwott and others by obtaining credit of Sh206, 000 by falsely pretending that she was in a position to repay back to them, a fact she knew to be false.
Chepngetich, a resident of Bomet county, who appeared before Resident Magistrate Vienna Amboko on Tuesday was charged with obtaining credit contrary to section 316 (a) of the penal code.
The court was told that she and the victims were part of a welfare group in which one could borrow and repay monthly loans.
It is then that the suspect borrowed the said amount but immediately sold her business in Kabarnet town and fled.
According to a probation report presented to the court, the accused who took police officers more than one year to trace had gotten into trouble with the law on several occasions.
Prosecution counsel Joseck Abwajo in his submissions prayed the court to consider stringent bond terms for the accused who lacked a known place of abode.
“I pray that this honourable court gives the accused stringent bond terms in order to serve as a lesson to others who intend to do the same,” he stated.
Amboko ruled the accused to be granted a Sh200, 000 bond with one surety of a similar amount and slotted the case to be heard on January 12, 2022, when six witnesses including the magistrate are set to testify.