Economy

Accountant fined Sh16.7m for theft at treasury office

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Summary

  • Justice Mumbi Ngugi said an earlier conviction against Wycliff Marege Mitema for illegally obtaining Sh3.8 million from the Makueni district treasury was proper.
  • Mr Mitema had filed an appeal asking the court to set aside his conviction and sentence on grounds that the trial court had relied on evidence that was full of contradictions and inconsistencies.
  • But Justice Ngugi Monday found that the trial court’s judgment dated May 11, 2018 was not faulty.

The High Court has dismissed an appeal by a former government accountant and ordered him to reimburse Sh16.7 million, four times the amount he took illegally from his employer 11 years ago or face six months in jail.

Justice Mumbi Ngugi said an earlier conviction against Wycliff Marege Mitema for illegally obtaining Sh3.8 million from the Makueni district treasury was proper.

Mr Mitema had filed an appeal asking the court to set aside his conviction and sentence on grounds that the trial court had relied on evidence that was full of contradictions and inconsistencies.

But Justice Ngugi Monday found that the trial court’s judgment dated May 11, 2018 was not faulty.

Mr Mitema was convicted after been found guilty of three criminal counts involving unlawful acquisition of public funds amounting to Sh3.8 million and failure to comply with the Government Financial Management Act.

The third count involved using his office to improperly confer a benefit on himself by irregularly advancing himself Sh3.8 million without following the laid down procedures.

He committed the offence on diverse dates between October 13, 2008 and September 30, 2009 at the Makueni District Accountant’s office.

He had held the position of District Accountant since 2005 and was responsible for checking routinely and confirming that financial regulations are followed.