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Kenya Power arrests student for fraudulent activity

Kenya’s national power utility, Kenya Power, has arrested and charged a student at a Thika Court for conning unsuspecting members of the public with fake electricity tokens.

The national utility explained in a statement that the subject Simon Gitau Kimani, a first year student at the JKUAT university was caught by Kenya Power security officers on April 24th, 2017 and booked in at Juja Police Station.

He appeared before Thika Chief Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

The suspect pleaded guilty to charges of obtaining by false pretense and was remanded pending judgement on May 4th, 2017, the parastatal noted.

Fraudulent activity

According to the utility, the BSC Industrial Technology student has been running advertisements on social media purporting to be selling fairly priced KPLC tokens.

Upon receiving payment for the non-existent tokens from his targets, he would block their numbers, cutting of further communication and leaving them aggrieved.

At the time of his arrest at his hostel room, Kimani was found in possession of assorted Safaricom sim cards, ID cards, a Techno phone with a line used for the con game and a laptop with the scam advert documents.

This comes two days after a Kapsabet Court remanded two suspected vandals arrested in connection with transformer vandalism in the town. Read more…

They appeared in court on Monday and were remanded for seven days to allow the Company to prefer more charges on them.

Criminal activity under close watch

Kenya Power’s Security Services Manager Major Geoffrey Kigen (Rtd) has cautioned members of the public against engaging in any transactions with unauthorised persons in regard to acquisition of electricity supply and payment for the service thereafter.

“There are many criminals out there who are fleecing money from innocent Kenyans. We urge the public to be vigilant and report all suspicious activities to Kenya Power offices or the nearest Police Station,” Kigen said.

He added: “The Company is carrying out an intensive operation to track down illegal electricity connections, vandalism and other vices that are undermining the quality of electricity supply to customers”. Read more…


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Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.