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Former news anchor charged with Sh6.3m fraud

Former KTN and K24 news anchor Ann Ngugi was on Tuesday charged at Makadara law courts with conspiring to obtain money through false pretenses.

Ms Ngugi was charged jointly with others not before court with defrauding Nigerian businessman Fabian Chibiebule Ohare and his two Korean friends of USD 73,460 (Sh6,354,290)

The offence was committed in diverse dates between September 20th and October 24th, 2013.

Ms Ngugi and her accomplices pretended that they could sell 50kg of raw gold to the businessmen.

She denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Victor Wakumile and was released on Sh 1 million cash bail.

Ms Ngugi was also separately charged with colluding with two Congolese men including her husband Hypolite Nyogbia.

Mr Chibiebule and his friends were in Tanzania when they called Ms Ngugi to confirm if her husband was a genuine gold dealer, to which she responded in the affirmative.

Documents filed in court by the prosecutor show that the deal was sealed on the strength of Ms Ngugi’s word.

On Thursday, a Congolese national Kamimbaya Soumali was charged with a similar offence.