A former Makueni district accountant has been ordered to pay a fine of Sh16.7 million or serve a jail term of six years for fraud.
Milimani Anti-Corruption Court found Wycliff Marege Mitema guilty of three counts. The court heard that he obtained the money fraudulently between October 13, 2008, and September 30, 2009, while serving as a district accountant.
Chief magistrate Lawrence Mugambi imposed the mandatory sentence in line with section 48(2) (b) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act.
The court found Mitema guilty of acquiring Sh3.8 million belonging to the government. Mr Mugambi sentenced him pay a fine of Sh1 million or serve one year, in default.
He said Mitema would pay three times the amount he acquired in line with the Act or serve four years in jail.
On the second count, he was accused of failing to comply with the law and was fined Sh500,000 or serve another year in jail. The charges stated that he failed to comply with the Government Financial Management Act.
The accused faced an additional charge of abuse of office by benefiting himself but the court acquitted him of the charge.