Officials of ‘airline’ that defrauded job seekers in court

February 27, 2017 5:08 pm
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Maina is accused of obtaining Sh4 million from seven people who deposited the amount into a Standard Chartered Bank account belonging to Barracuda Airways Holding Limited/CFM NEWS

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 27 – The Chief Executive Officer, two directors and two employees of Barracuda Airways were on Monday arraigned before a Nairobi Court on suspicion of obtaining millions of shillings from Kenyans by pretending they were in a position to secure them jobs as cabin crew and pilots.

Kimeria Boddie Maina, the CEO, and four others appeared before Resident Magistrate Tobiko Sinkiyian who released the former on a cash bail of Sh100,000 while the rest were detained for a day to enable police conclude ongoing investigations.

Maina is accused of obtaining Sh4 million from seven people who deposited the amount into a Standard Chartered Bank account belonging to Barracuda Airways holding limited.

According to police, the complainants were told the money would cater for their training upon employment.

The court was told that when the complainants later visited the company’s offices, they found it closed with their efforts to reach the officials, unsuccessful.

John Majiwa, Elizabeth Kinyanjui, Stella Amaya and Barbara Alwena are scheduled to return to court on Tuesday when the prosecution is expected to bring the court up to speed on the status of the account into which the defrauded funds were deposited.

Last Friday, the state obtained an order freezing the account of which Amaya is a signatory and whose cheque books were found in Alwena’s possession according to the prosecution’s case.

The state’s argument for the continued holding of the four was that if freed, they were likely to interfere with investigations and the aforementioned account.

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