Detectives attached to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) want a senior government official and his son to forfeit Ksh223 million wealth they allegedly acquired illegally.
In a statement dated Friday, August 5, EACC noted that the Senior Deputy Director of Procurement at the State Department of Housing and Urban Development made money fraudulently.
EACC stated that it was planning to charge him with misappropriation of public funds, conflict of interest and abuse of office.
The watchdog authority claimed that information acquired from Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) showed that one of the companies linked to him was awarded multiple tenders by the Ministry.
The EACC stated that it was going after the senior government official through proxy companies owned by his son, wife and himself.
Court documents had initially indicated that the senior official earned a monthly salary of Ksh149,348 but had accumulated wealth through contracts worth Ksh350 million.
The court documents indicated that through those companies and his proxies, the official was paid money by the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development, Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) and Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.
Detectives from the EACC stated that the senior official is a director in one of the companies which received payments from tenders and the monies were wired to his accounts and those of his proxies.
Following the money trail, detectives noted that they established that the funds were used to acquire properties, whose value EACC did not disclose.
EACC had stated that after an analysis of the bank statements, it found that the three companies linked to the official received Ksh90.4 million, Ksh127 million, Ksh33.9 million and Ksh68.5 million between 2014 and 2022.
The anti-graft agency has been fighting corruption closely with the Assets Recovery Authority (ARA) to regain properties and money embezzled by public servants.
In one instance, the EACC noted that they had secured court orders freezing three properties and seven motor vehicles acquired through suspected proceeds of corruption in a State Department.
Court documents showed that a cleaning supervisor at the State Department of Correctional and Rehabilitation Service and the main suspect in the fraud purchased the 3 parcels of land worth Ksh57 million and seven vehicles all valued at Ksh30.6 million.
He was suspected to have fraudulently obtained Ksh257 million through seven companies for that he was the registered sole proprietor.
EACC stated that the money was allegedly embezzled through fictitious contracts for the supply of food and ration which were never delivered. He was suspected to have executed the scheme in collusion with colleagues in the State Department.
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