Three members of a family received more than Sh170 million from the National Youth Service in one day without breaking a sweat.
The Assets Recovery Agency (ARA), in documents filed in court, claimed the three Naivasha-based Ngirita family Phylis Njeri Ngirita, Lucy Wambui Ngirita and Jeremiah Gichina Ngirita cannot account for the money they received from NYS.
ARA lead investigator Fredrick Musyoki in a detailed affidavit swore that the family had not shown any source of income for financing their supplies to NYS, and nothing to prove they engaged in other businesses to justify their multi-million shillings wealth.
He stated that an analysis of the family’s tax returns, including those of their business entities, showed they were not engaged in any genuine business, which left the agency with a firm belief that their wealth was accumulated through money laundering and theft.
“There is reasonable belief that they are beneficiaries of proceeds of crime given that their wealth was obtained directly or indirectly from money laundered from NYS,” swore Mr Musyoki.
Musyoki swore that between October 2016 and February 2017, the Ngiritas received payments vouchers totaling Sh98 million from NYS and another 10 vouchers worth Sh78 million for supply of workshop and drilling equipment.
He said the fact that different vouchers were prepared instead of a single one for the same contract raised suspicion and was a clear indication of money laundering.
Another suspect bit was that the payment vouchers were prepared in one day.
“They have no evidence showing how the contracts were awarded, trading licences of their companies and payment of any taxes to Kenya Revenue Authority on income earned from their businesses to prove the dealings with NYS were genuine,” said Musyoki.
He swore that the family’s claims that they had supplied various government agencies for over 20 years were falsehoods as all documents relating to their multi-million shilling wealth were between October 2016 and February 2017, when the theft at NYS took place.
The agency stepped up the push to recover millions of shillings stolen from NYS, while maintaining that the three could not prove how they received more than Sh465 million from NYS without supplying any goods or services. The hearing is scheduled for July 12.
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