JKUAT student arrested for conning Kenyans with fake electricity tokens

The first-year student would block his targets after selling non-existent tokens.

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A Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) student was arrested and charged at a Thika Court on grounds of conning members of the public using fake electricity tokens.

The first year student by the name Simon Gitau Kimani was arrested by Kenya Power security officers on April 24 2017 and taken to the Juja Police Station.

Kimani, a BSc Industrial Technology student, is said to have been running adverts on social media claiming to be selling fairly priced KPLC tokens.

Appearing before the Thika Chief Magistrate's Court, Gitau pleaded guilty to charges of obtaining through fraudulent means and was remanded pending judgement on May 4 2017.

After receiving payments for the non-existent tokens from the victims, he would block their numbers; ceasing further communication and leaving them distressed.

The security officers also found Kimani in possession of assorted Safaricom Sim Cards, ID cards, a Techno phone and a laptop with the fake advert documents.

Kenya Power Limited’s security services manager Major Geoffrey Kigen has cautioned members of the public against purchasing and paying for electricity supply from unauthorized persons.

“There are many criminals out there who are fleecing money from innocent Kenyans. We urge the public to be vigilant and report all suspicious activities to Kenya Power offices or the nearest Police Station,” said Maj Kigen.

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