In the second week of October, was marked with the media was awash with news of a fake lawyer operating under the guise of ‘Brian Mwenda’ who had stolen the identity of a real lawyer named Brian Mwenda Ntwiga. Local media reported that the ‘fake lawyer’ had won dozens of lawsuits despite not being trained in the practice of law.
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) issued a statement where it outlined stated that the said ‘Brian Mwenda’ (real name Brian Mwenda Njagi) had impersonated a registered advocate under the same name and that the impostor had been presenting and conducting himself as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a member of the LSK Nairobi Branch.
The revelation that the impostor posing as a lawyer allegedly secured victories in twenty-six (26) cases has left Kenya’s legal system in disarray shock, leaving. This has left unsettling questions about the Law Society of KenyaLSK’s and the country’s judicial system integrity. In the jaw-dropping revelation, the LSK unveiled that not only was ‘Brian Mwenda Njagi not a registered member of the esteemed society LSK but also that he had zerowas not legal qualified to practice law in Kenya.
Initial investigations indicate that the impostor utilized a common international fraud scheme known asd ‘Business Email Compromise’ whereby a criminal scammer sends an email that appears to come from a known source making a legitimate request. The scammer might spoof an email account or website, send spear phishing emails or use malware to gain undetected access to a victim’s data including passwords and other financial account information.
The LSK has engaged the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to carry out investigations into the matter which may lead to where the impostor will likely facing charges of impersonation, forgery and obtaining money by false pretenses if he is charged and found guilty of the offence.
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