- An accountant at Kenya Railways Corporation has been accused of changing the corporation’s payroll system, resulting in a Sh317,500 loss for the company.
- Patrick Kareithi Ndegwa, charged with two counts of computer counterfeiting and fraud, allegedly used ID cards issued to him to stop his pay being deducted.
An accountant at Kenya Railways Corporation has been accused of changing the corporation’s payroll system, resulting in a Sh317,500 loss for the company.
Patrick Kareithi Ndegwa, charged with two counts of computer counterfeiting and fraud, allegedly used ID cards issued to him to stop deductions from his salary a few months after he was fined for another offense of gross misconduct involving the company lost money.
The court heard he committed the offense between July 2019 and November 2021 by willfully altering computer data in Kenya Railway’s payroll system.
In the second count, Mr. Ndegwa was charged with computer counterfeiting, contrary to the computer misuse and cybercrime sections. The indictment stated that he intentionally altered computer data in the payroll system, causing the loss of Sh317,500 to the company.
A report filed by police showed that Mr Ndegwa had worked for the company for 13 years and was charged with gross misconduct in 2016 for allegedly embezzling Sh1.4million from the state-owned company.
He was taken back and reprimanded after a board meeting, but demoted.
Mr Ndegwa was also charged a surcharge and ordered to pay half of the lost amount. He agreed to a monthly deduction of Sh5,000, which will be deducted from his payslip until Sh571,991 is paid in full.
The deductions were made from February 2018 to January 2020 when he allegedly interfered with the system and stopped the deductions, however the system continued to reflect the amount deducted.
It was later revealed that Mr Ndegwa, as an authorized payroll user, had accessed the system and halted the deductions for a period of time before this was discovered.
He denied the charges and was ordered to post bail of Sh200,000 to secure his release.