A Nairobi court has ordered the Ngiritas to surrender property believed to be proceeds of crime to the state.
On Wednesday, judge Mumbi Ngugi ruled in favour of the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) which filed a case against the family.
The accused persons; Phyllis Ngirita, Lucy Ngirita and Jeremiah Ngirita were ordered to surrender three vehicles and five parcels of land.
The motor vehicles include; Toyota Station Wagon (2009) Reg No KCH 753U, Toyota Station Wagon (2016) Reg No KCH 600H and a Toyota Pickup (2016) Reg No KCH 889M.
The pieces of land include a 0.70 hectares parcel Waitalulc/Mabonde Block 12/Sirende/410 located within Trans Nzoia county, Naivasha/Municipality Block 2/884 measuring 0.2305 hectares which is in Nakuru County.
Others are No. L.R 8208/4 Nakuru East measuring quarter of an acre, Njoro/Ngata Block 1/7436, approximate area 0.0840 hectares in Nakuru and Naivasha/Mwichiringiri Block 4/22367 approximate area 0.0450 hectares.
Court papers indicate that the above listed properties are registered under Opportunity International WEDCO Limited and Platinum Credit Limited, all of which are owned by the Ngiritas.
ARA argued that: “Upon investigating the bank statements and documents concerning the accounts, the agency established that the three and their business entities and associates received funds fraudulently from NYS split in several transactions.”
“Investigations revealed that Phyllis was paid by NYS directly to her personal account contrary to procedure. This is a clear case of fraud as there is no evidence of goods or services procured by NYS directly from Phyllis,” the agency argued further.
The Ngirita family was found to have received Sh361 million from the National Youth Service (NYS) between November 2015 and April 2018.
In a bid not to raise red flags, the money was split into 79 transactions, ARA determined.
KCB was fined Sh149.5 million for failing to report suspicious transactions while Standard Chartered, Equity Bank, Diamond Trust, and Co-operative Bank were fined a total of Sh247 million.