TSC-Employed Teacher Charged with Forging Documents After 17 Years of Service
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested a man suspected of fraudulently securing a job with the Teachers Service Commission.
Isaiah Okombo Otieno alias Daudi Ochoi Magero alias Duncan Ochoi Magero was arrested on Thursday at Nyakeyo Market, Etago Area of South Mugirango Sub-County within the Kisii County.
The suspect is said to have used academic certificates including KCPE, KCSE and Primary Teacher Training documents, belonging to another person.
“In securing employment as a PI teacher, the suspect, without authority and with fraudulent intent, assumed the names of the complainant as indicated in the certificates and falsely presented himself to be the person named in the certificates,” EACC said.
The suspect was arraigned before the Kisii Anti-Corruption Court where he was charged with seven counts of criminal offences.
They include the personation of a person named in a certificate contrary to section 384 of the Penal Code, covered in counts I, II and III.
“Between February 2, 2007, and February 26, 2007, at Gucha within Kisii County uttered to the Teachers Service Commission a document namely, Kenya Certificate of Primary Education Serial No. 1008541, a lawfully issued document to Ochoi Daudi Magero by the Kenya National Examination Council and falsely presented yourself to be the said Ochol Daudi Magero,” the count read.
He is also charged with providing false information to a person employed in the public service contrary to section 129(a) of the Penal Code.
The charge cover counts IV, V and VI.
Further, the suspect was accused of fraudulent acquisition of public property contrary to section 45(1) (a) as read with 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003. (count VII).
“Between February 2007, and May 1, 2019, at Gucha within Kisii County within the Republic of Kenya fraudulently acquired public property, to wit, Sh3,335,218.45 being salaries and other emoluments paid to you as a P1, Teacher by the TSC of Kenya while you were not qualified to hold such a position,” the charge reads.
Appearing before Magistrate W. Kugwa, the suspect pleaded not guilty to the offences.
He was released on a bond of Sh700,000 or cash bail of Sh200,000.
The matter will be mentioned on April 24, 2023.
The suspect has since been dismissed.
“When EACC commenced investigations, TSC undertook disciplinary proceedings leading to the dismissal of the suspect from employment,” the integrity commission said.
EACC committed to continuing filing suits to recover salaries and benefits paid on basis of fake academic qualifications, in a bid to mitigate the challenge.