Sirisia MP John Waluke and businesswoman Grace Wakhungu have each been fined Sh 558 million or serve seven years in prison over Sh313 million maize fraud at National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).
Magistrate Elizabeth Juma ordered that the conviction for Waluke be served to the speaker of the National Assembly and the Public Service Commission (PSC).
She further noted that if the fine is paid, NCPD will be compensated for the amount lost.
Waluke was represented by Lawyers Evans Ondieki, Samson Nyamberi, Cliff Ombeta and Dunstan Omari.
Assistant Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Alexander Muteti, Gitonga Riungu, and Mercy Gateru represented the state in the matter.
Waluke and Wakhungu were found guilty of defrauding National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) in the KSh 313 million maize scandal in 2009.
The court heard that the two who were named as the directors of Erad Supplies and General Contracts Limited, had won the tender for supply 40,000 metric tonnes of maize to NCPB.
However, the board later on cancelled the award of tender for lack of fund leading to a legal tussle between it and the accused persons.
The MP and his business associate the sued the produce board for the breach of contract.
In 2009, they presented a false invoice for the sum of KSh 115 million as evidence to support a claim for storage of the white maize incurred by Chelsea Freight, a South African firm.
The obtained KSh 13 million of public money from NCPB on grounds of having offered storage services through Chelsea Freight and another KSh 2.4 million.
The court heard that the two business partners committed the offense on separate dates between 2009 and 2013.
The two were jointly found guilty of fraudulently acquiring a further KSh 297 million purporting to be loss of profits and interest incurred by the freight company.
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