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Former news anchor named in fraud case

One of Kenya’s most visible TV personalities has been sucked into a fraud case involving her Congolese husband.

Former KTN and K24 news anchor Ann Ngugi has been linked to a case in which her husband, Hypolite Nyongbia and another Congolese, Kamimbaya Soumali are accused of defrauding a Nigerian and two Koreans of Sh6.4 million.

Mr Soumali allegedly received the cash in Nairobi and Kinshasa on diverse dates between September 20 and October 24 last year by pretending that he could sell them 50 kilos of raw gold.

Prosecutor Chief Inspector Leonard Kurgat said Mr Soumali conspired with others not before the court to obtain the cash from Fabian Chibiebule Ohare and his Korean business partners. 

Mr Kurgat said the Congolese made his victims to travel between Tanzania, Kenya and the DRC by purporting that he and Nyongbia were dealers in raw gold.

He told the court that 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. 

Both Mr Nyongbia and Ms Ngugi have not been in court.

Documents filed in court by Mr Kurgat show that the three flew back to Kenya and met Mr Nyogbia on the strength of Ms Ngugi’s word.

Mr Nyongbia then introduced Mr Soumali to them saying he was a longtime partner.

Soumali denied the charges before Makadara Chief magistrate Timothy Okello and was released on a cash bail of Sh1 million and ordered to deposit his travel papers.

Hearing is on May 30. 

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