A notorious online scammer accused of an attempt to defraud women over Sh 10 million, was Monday released on an Sh1 million bond by a Kiambu court.
James Ikua Macharia was brought before Kiambu Chief Magistrate Patricia Gichohi virtually, having been accused of obtaining money by false presences contrary to section 313 of the penal code
Mr Ikua, through his company Auto-Trade markets that is located along Kenyatta Avenue in Nairobi, is jointly accused with others of trying to obtain money pretending that he was in a position to assist them to invest in online trading business.
Ikua tried to obtain from Felgona Auma Khasira Sh 1,515,000, Beatrice Adhiambo Sh1,800,000, Jackline Kingori Sh 1,800,000 million, Mary Kanyingi Sh 3.500,000, Chrispinus Sifuna Mukia Sh 1.400,000 and Gladys Nakhumincha Khisa Sh 500,000
According to the prosecution, Mr Ikua has been escaping police dragnets and hence the reason for his late arrest when the police finally traced him to Mombasa where he relocated from Nairobi
The prosecution further asked the court not to release him from custody as they considered him a ‘flight risk,’ Ikua through his lawyer Mr Kiplagat objected to the accusation indicating that his client was traced and arrested by police in Mombasa at his home.
However, the Magistrate order his release on bond indicating the fact that a bond is a constitutional right, the case is to be heard again on August 29, 2021.
KNA by Grace Naishoo