In Summary
  • The three ‘speakers’ were to host a ‘wealth conference’ and promised participants ‘free money’ but things went awfully wrong.

  • Prosecutors accused the trio of sending an email promising more than 1,000 people $197 (Sh19,700) free money for attending the conference at Kigali Convention Centre.

  • On the material day, more than 5,000 people thronged the centre but were left stranded after no speakers turned up.

A court in Kigali has sentenced a Kenyan to two years in prison and fined him Sh325,400 (Rwf3 million) for defrauding Rwandans.

Charles Kinuthia was found guilty of soliciting money from hundreds of Rwandans to attend his “wealth conference” in the capital in May.

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“Although Kinuthia pleaded not guilty, he accepted that he was the one who sent messages inviting people to attend the conference,” the court said, adding that “the messages were not saying [the] same which was a tactic to confuse the interested people in order to get money from them.”

He was also denied a suspended penalty “because he pleaded not guilty right at the beginning and never showed remorse for the allegations against him,” the court added.

Kinuthia and his co-accused posed as motivational speakers. The three ‘speakers’ were to host a ‘wealth conference’ and promised participants ‘free money’ but things went awfully wrong.

Prosecutors accused the trio of sending an email promising more than 1,000 people $197 (Sh19,700) free money for attending the conference at Kigali Convention Centre. On the material day, more than 5,000 people thronged the centre but were left stranded after no speakers turned up.

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