FAKE GOLD SCAM SUSPECTS FREED ON BAIL.

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Businessman Jared Otieno and Philip Nashon Ng'ru Aroko before Milimani chief Magistrate court where they pleaded not guilty to obtaining 300 million from a Chinese businessman on Tuesday May 21,2019./PHOTO BY S.A.N.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Flamboyant businessman Jared Otieno who is facing charges of conspiracy to defraud Sh300 million in fake gold transaction was on Monday released on Sh1.5 million cash bail.

Milimani chief magistrate Francis Andayi also released Otieno’s 15 co-accused in separate bail terms after a probation report was filed in court. The prosecution was not opposed to their release on bond but the defence team argued that the accused persons were of different social status.

Ricky Thomas Ochieng alias Tom Okoth and Juliet Kathambi Kithinji who are students were released on a cash bail of Sh300,000 while the two foreigners Abouma Tamoua and  Albert Likole Lokundawere ordered to deposit a Sh1 million cash bail each or a bond of similar amount with one contact person.

The accused were further ordered to deposit their passports in court and to be reporting the investigating officers one in two weeks failure to which their bond or bail will be cancelled.

The accused persons spent more than five days in custody after denying charges of fraud.

The charges against them states that on diverse dates between that on February 8 and February 25, 2019 in Nairobi county, jointly with others not before court conspired to defraud a foreigner Southern Chanthavong a director of Simuong Group company from Lao USD 3 Million.

Prosecution claim the accuse persons defraud the complainant Chanthavong using fraudulent tricks and displaying heavy metal boxes allegedly parked with genuine gold bars at an office trading in the name of NIRONE KEEPING limited.

Otieno, Aroko, Ouko and Ochieng were separately charged with obtaining Sh 300 million from Chanthavong by falsely pretending that they had a genuine gold for sale.

In the third account the accused were charged that on May 13, 2019 at Kaputei Gardens within Kileleshwa, Nairobi county they were jointly found in a building designed as an office of NIRONE KEEPING limited with intent to commit felony of obtaining money by false pretences since they had in their possession fake gold bars, heavy metal boxes stuffed with bags of cement, mallet hammers, Ghana customs stickers.

The court heard that the items all being items used to convince unsuspecting people that they were engaged in a genuine gold business so as to defraud them some money.

The accused person further were accused that on the same date in a rented house No. 12 at Kaputei Gardens within Kileleshwa, Nairobi county, jointly with others not before court, countered Ghana Customs Authority stickers trade mark, purporting to be genuine stickers.

Otieno and Aroko have another case pending before court over Sh 23 million gold where they are alleged of defrauding a foreign businessman Samir Entorno.

In the case other charge are lawyer Munzala Rumili and three businessmen Roy Shirekuli, Sikanda Ismail Abdalla Saleh and Ugandan Kayombya Gorman alias Timothy Mureithi.

In March this year Otieno and Shikanda were acquitted of charges fraud in a case involving USD 169,000 gold where they allegedly obtained from two South African by false pretences for lack of evidence.

 

In the first case Otieno and Sikanda were accused that on June 22,2017 obtained USD 169,000 by falsely pretending that they were in a position to ship 50 kilograms of gold from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi to Kuwait International Airport.

According to the police charge sheet filed in court the Otieno alone was using four alias names,at one time he was known as Jared Kiasa Otieno, while at other times he is known as Jared Smith Otieno but you can also call him Richard Otieno or Jared Smith Mackenzie Otieno.

The case will be mentioned on June 10 while the hearing was fixed for July 2,2019.

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