BY SAM ALFAN.
Flamboyant businessman Jared Otieno has been charged afresh alongside his co-accused with conspiracy to defraud and obtaining Sh300 million by false pretenses.
Jared Otieno, Philip Nashon, Robert Ouko alias Maxwell Oyuga, Peter Omondi, Michael Omondi, Paul Otieno, Pauline Adhiambo alias Rose Adhiambo Omamo, Alice Nzisa alias Faith Nzisa, appeared before Milimani Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo and denied charges.
Others who were charged were Joyce Akinyi, Juliet Kathambi alias Cynthia Kithinji, William Otieno, Hannington Modisa, Madam Olwangu,Seinim alias Salim Abubakar and Lekoke Lokunda
They denied fraudulently receiving Sh300 million in a fake gold transaction. The charges stated that they committed the offence on diverse dates between February 8 and 25, 2019 jointly with others not before court.
It is alleged that they conspired with intent to defraud Simuong Group Company director Southorn Chanthavong from LAO of US Dollars 3,000,000 equivalent to Sh300, 000,000.
The court heard that by means of fraudulent tricks, the accused persons displayed heavy metal boxes allegedly packed with genuine gold bars and having an office trading in the name of Nirone Safe Keeping ltd, pretending that they were carrying on a genuine gold business a fact they knew was false.
Otieno, Philip Nashon Oroko, Robert Ouko Owiti alias Maxwell Oyuga, Dillion Kibet and Pauline Odhiambo Odok alias Rose Odhiambo Omamo are facing a further charge of obtaining Sh300 million from the said Chanthavong by falsely pretending they had genuine gold.
They are currently out on cash bail of half a million and bond of Sh1 million pending hearing and determination of their fraud case.