The proverbial long arm of the law has finally caught up with two masterminds of forgery of academic credentials which they used to secure permanent and pensionable employment at Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC) five years down the line.
According to the Ethics and Anti-corruption commission, Pauline Otieno and Lilian Ochieng who previously worked at the state corporation as casuals for 8 years successfully conspired to upgrade their terms fraudulently in 2018 when opportunity arose.
Pauline forged a Certificate in Procurement from Mount Kenya University (MKU) while Lilian forged both a Diploma and Certificate from the Kenya Institute of Management (KISM) and were absorbed by the corporation to formally serve as supplies assistants.
Barely two months after taking their new roles, investigations to ascertain the authenticity of the academic papers used to secure their employment was launched.
Today, the two were confirmed guilty to criminal charges of forgery, providing false information to a public entity, deceiving a public entity, uttering a false document; and fraudulent acquisition of public property being the cumulative salary earned on forged certificates.
The presiding judge therefore handed Pauline Otieno a jail term of 2 years and six months or alternatively pay ksh 228,698 fine, Lilian Ochieng on the other hand was handed a jailed of 3yrs 6 months or pay KES.271,901.
Alongside the sentencing, the have also been directed to refund all the salary earned for the five years from the employment gained with fake papers.
Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC) established with the aim to provide subsidized electricity in rural areas following the enactment of the Energy Act 2019.
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