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59-year-old Kenyan man in US faces up to 20 years jail term after pleading guilty to fraud

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A Kenyan who lives in Ohio, USA risks being jailed for over 20 years for fraud.

Mr Robert Mutua Muli, 59, a Kenyan immigrant, this week admitted to have conspired with other Kenyans to defraud various county governments in the US Sh60 million by posing as employees of a leading IT company called Fairfax County.

American investigators are also in pursuit of the other suspects who are believed to be hiding in Kenya.

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Muli told the Alexandria Federal Court that he worked in cahoots with people who are in the country to defraud various counties in the US, namely Philadelphia, Detroit and Vermont.

In his statements the suspect said that a co-conspirator in Kenya would send an email to a contact in the local governments pretending to be an employee of a leading IT firm and asked local governments to redirect payments of services to a different bank account.

Mr Muli’s role was then to withdraw the money and make transfers to various accounts.

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According to the Washington Post, the fraud took place between August and September 2018.

Fairfax County raised the alarm when it realized that it had not received payments for services it rendered and alerted the police.

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“In September 2018, Fairfax County identified a financial fraud and immediately reported the incident to law enforcement,” county spokesman Tony Castrilli told the court.

Muli of Carrollton, Ohio, struck a plea bargain Monday with federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia. Under the plea deal, Muli admitted that he conspired to commit wire fraud against four separate state and local governments. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October

According to court documents, Muli would submit phony invoices to the governments’ finance departments. The invoices were made to resemble legitimate bills from vendors like Dell Computers.

The biggest victim was an unidentified local government in Virginia, which lost more than $610,000. The state of Vermont lost $3,900.

SOURCE: Agencies

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Trump tightens Work Permit Rules for Immigrants Paroled into the US

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The Trump administration on Monday issued a new policy guideline that tightens in issuance of work permits to immigrants who have been paroled into the United States, including those who are otherwise inadmissible.

In the new policy guideline, contained in Volume 10 of the Policy Manual, The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) states that the agency has discretion to grant employment authorization to foreign nationals, and that applicants “are not entitled to employment authorization.”

USCIS says it will grant discretionary employment authorization on a case-by-case basis, “taking into account all factors and considering the totality of the circumstances of each individual case.” Such factors include the immigrant’s criminal record, and immigrant having been subject to a final removal order, or misrepresentation to an immigration officer.

Work permits are normally issued to foreign nationals who are paroled into the US for several reasons such as when adjusting status from a non-immigrant visa holder such as F-1 to an immigration visa holder/permanent resident or from an expired status to a green card holder. They are also issued to refugees/asylum applicants, as well as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries.

USCIS states that the need for the guidance arose from the “national emergency at the U.S. souther border where foreign nationals are entering the U.S. illegally.”

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Immigration advocates say the move is one of Trump administration’s efforts to limit the number of work permits issued. “This is where they were heading from the beginning. They want to see fewer [wok permit] issued,” Natalie Tynan, an immigration lawyer, and former Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy unit chief said.

-Mwakilishi.com

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Permanent Residence Draw held in Canada as 3600 Candidates invited to apply

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The Canadian government has invited 3,600 individuals who participated in the Express Entry to apply for the country’s permanent residence in the latest draw held on Tuesday, August 20th.

The cut-off Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for the August 12th draw was 457, which is the lowest score since May 1st.

Foreigners participating in the Express Entry draw are ranked based o the CRS score, which is based on factors such as the applicant’s age, education, skills level, work experience, proficiency in English or French, family ties to Canada, among others.

In order to qualify for the Express Entry pool, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements for one of Canada’s three Federal High Skilled Economic-class immigration categories – the Federal Killed Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates enter a pool, and the best candidates are picked in a draw that takes place every two weeks. An Invitation to Apply (ITA) then gives the candidate the go-ahead to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
56,200  ITAs have thus far in 2019 been issued through the Express Entry program. The government has set a target of 81,400 ITAs for 2019 through this program.

To be eligible for the August 20th draw, candidates had to have submitted their profiles before March 24th, 2019.

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You can check if you meet the minimum score and also apply for Express Entry here.

SOURCE: Mwakilishi.com

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Kenyan Man in UK jailed for 15 Years for Stealing Jewelry Worth £442,000

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A 38-year-old Kenyan-born man was on Friday handed a 15 and a half year extended prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to stealing jewelry worth £442,000 from a shop in North Yorkshire.

Victor Okumu, of Queen Street, Lazenby, Cleveland was sentenced to 10 and half years in prison plus five years extended license by York Crown Court Judge Sean Morris after he admitted robbing Bradley’s Jewelers in Northallerton.

The judge said the incident was a “planned, sophisticated, commercial robbery” which Okumu had planned for months.

“The people in the shop were terrified,” Judge Morris said, adding that Okumu was a “very dangerous” man who took whatever he wanted.

Okumu allegedly entered the jewelry shop on March 11th, 2019 wearing a blue boiler suit and crash helmet with the visor down. He had reportedly been planning the robbery for eight months.

Police said he wedged the door open and pushed a box into an attendant before jumping over the counter. Okumu then took jewelry from the window display and left.

Okumu spent the following days traveling between Middleborough, Northallerton, London, and Darlington trying to evade police.

Upon reviewing CCTV footage, police discovered the suspect carried out reconnaissance of the jewelry shop on previous days.

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He was trailed and arrested at a hotel in Fareham, Hampshire on March 16th, 2019. He was found with rings from the jewelry shop worth £212,000.

“This was a professionally executed and violent robbery which was a truly terrifying ordeal for both the staff members involved and the members of the public who were in close proximity to the jewelers as it took place,” said acting Detective Inspector Matthew Wilkinson of North Yorkshire Police.

“Okumu carried out extensive reconnaissance and careful planning in the period leading up to the day of the robbery and went to great lengths in the days after the incident to cover his tracks, thinking he was safe by hiding a significant distance away from the region.”

In 2009, Appeal court judges recommended that Okumu be deported to Kenya at the end of a 13-year sentence for robbing a woman in her own home.

Okumu, however, remained in the UK after his release on March 20th, 2014.

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