National Youth Service (NYS) scam suspect Ben Gethi’s mother Charity Wangui has lost Sh97.6 million held in four bank accounts.
This comes after High Court Justice Mumbi Ngugi ordered the money be forfeited to the State on the grounds of being proceeds of crime.
The court ruled that the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) proved that the funds moved from NYS scandal prime suspect Josephine Kabura, to Ms. Wangui's business associates, and eventually to her bank accounts.
“It would also be quite a strange coincidence that on the same dates and in the same branch of the same bank, that funds were moving from Josephine Kabura Irungu’s business entities, then the same quantity of funds were being deposited in the accounts,” Justice Ngugi ruled on Thursday.
The judge noted that ARA established on a balance of probabilities that the money in the four accounts were proceeds of crime.
“Having so found, then the only recourse to the court is to find that as proceeds of crime, they are liable to forfeiture to the State,” the judge added.
ARA said the funds were siphoned from NYS through payments made to three companies linked to Kabura namely Form Home Builders, Roof and All Trading, and Reinforced Concrete Technology.
Home Builders was allegedly received Sh218 million from NYS, Roof and All Trading was paid Sh252 million, while Reinforced Concrete received Sh320 million.
Wangui’s son Ben Gethi is facing multiple graft-related charges over the loss of Sh791 million at NYS between 2014 and 2015.