A deputy OCS and a crime officer accused of defrauding Kenya Police Pensions Department Sh 3.4 million have been charged.
Milton Odhiambo, a deputy OCS attached at Narok police station and James Thuo, a crime officer based in Kilifi, are accused that jointly with others not in court, they conspired to defraud the pensions department by preparing and approving payment of pension amounting to Sh3,482,451 to Samwel Kiprotich.
The officers allegedly committed the offense knowing that the claim documents were forged and Kiprotich was ineligible for payment of the pension claim.
The charge sheet says they committed the offence between the year of 2017 and 2018 at the Kenya police headquarters, vigilance house by being officers responsible for preparing and approving pension payment claims at the Kenya police service headquarters.
The two were also charged that on the same dates and place, with others not in court, knowing that Kiprotich designed to make false claims to be paid pension irregularly using forged letters, failed to use all reasonable cause to prevent the said illegal payment of the pension.
They denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku and pleaded for lenient bond terms.
Through their lawyer, the accused persons told court that the officers have rendered their services for about 27 years.
The two were summoned at DCI on Friday and they responded where they were detained until yesterday.
They pleaded the court to consider that they are officers and still working and are needed at their work as many people depend on them.
“We have young families who depend on us and we are not a flight risk”, they told court.
The magistrate released the two on a cash bail of Sh500,000 or a bond of Sh1million each.
The case will be mentioned on July 20.