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More woes for NYS suspects

Mwaura Muthoni
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Phylis Njeri Ngirita, Ann Ngirita and Lawyer Cliff Ombeta [Photo/Standard Digital ]

A law firm, a consultancy agency, and a salon are among entities of individuals being haunted by the Sh9 billion National Youth Service scam.

 Asset Recovery Authority (ARA) has received orders to freeze  Ajaa Olubagi and Company Advocates, a consultancy firm Clyde Associates and Ngara Beauty Point and Salon bank accounts for investigations on whether the owners might have made transactions with NYS money. 

Ajaa advocates and Clyde Associates have an account with Diamond Trust Bank while Ngara Beauty Point’s account is with the Co-operative bank.

The ARA in its application claims that it has intelligence information that the accounts, alongside 98 others were used during the theft of the NYS money or money laundering.  

It emerges that the NYS dragnet has also gone for those who were not arraigned in court even as investigators want banks to be forced to disclose information on when the accounts were opened and transactions carried by the holders. The account of a travel agency, Silver Africa tours was also frozen. 

Other accounts targeted include that of Diligent Technical Services, Diligent General Merchants, Diligent Medical Supplies and Diligent Hospital Solutions Limited all held at Family Bank.

 The banks that have the accounts frozen include Standard Chartered Bank, Unitas Sacco microfinance, Guaranty trust bank, National bank, Barclays bank, Equity, KCB, Cooperative bank, Diamond trust, Eco bank, Stanbic bank, Family bank, NIC bank, bank, Credit bank, I&M Bank, CFC Stanbic Bank, HFC Bank and Consolidated bank. 

The court record read that the Ngirita’s hold accounts in Stanbic, KCB bank and Unitas Sacco.   The Co-operative bank has the largest number of the accounts frozen at 20, followed by Equity bank which had 18 accounts then DTB which has nine.  

The account holders will not access their money for at least 90 days while their information including the day they opened the accounts will be supplied to the investigators. 

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