BY SAM ALFAN.
A Nairobi court has frozen a bank accounts belonging to individual and companies believed to have defrauded a US national of millions in a gold scam.
The court allowed the Director of Criminal Investigations Court officer Gerald Kamwaro of operations unit to freeze the bank accounts belonging to IB Farming ltd, Plus Forty ltd, Bravie Co. ltd and Jackson Kahora.
The accounts are operated at KCB Bank in a fictitious name of Simon Mbuthia. The freeze order will remain in place for 30 days.
The DCI also sought order compelling KCB Bank manager to appoint or nominate the bank employee to supply the officers with bank records regarding the accounts under investigations.
“An order be and hereby issued compelling KCB Bank to nominate authorized person to make and handover to CPL Gerald Kamwaro, an investigating officer attached at DCI-parklands or any other investigating officer attached to and authorized the DCI, a certificate of production electronic evidence contemplated under section 106B (4) of evidence Act in respect of any evidence (certified copies) generated electronically or from and by electronic device (s) that shall be given in compliance with the order,” ordered the court.
The detective approached the court through an application to freeze USD A/C’s 1178604158, A/C No.12930000175,EURO A/C’s 12930000183 and Sh. A/C 12930000140 all in the name of Bravie Co ltd , Euro A/C’s 1292995394in the name of IB Farming ltd ,euro a/c 1292868678in the name of Plus Forty ltd and KShs KCB A/C no 1104482967 in the name of Simon Mbuthia held at KCB Bank pending completion of investigations.
The sleuth filed the application after a resident of USA Ismail Kolowale Adesina reported the matter at Parklands police.
He claimed that on March 2022, he went to Guinea to purchase gold which was to be shipped to Dubai by seller Umer Alpha.
He stated that upon arrival in Dubai, the 20 kilogram of gold which he had bought for USD 34,000 didn’t arrive.
He, instead was informed that by a contact of Umer that that the gold has been diverted to Nairobi Kenya for separation of some diamonds added to the cargo by Umer.
According to court documents filed before Kibera Court, Adesina arrived in Nairobi on April 5, last year and was introduced to several people by Umer.
The persons had also allegedly arrived in the country and either claimed to be from customs and gold dealers who obtained a lot of money from him but without him to recover or have the gold cleared by custom Nairobi to Dubai.
The documents also indicate that Adesina alleged that he was finally referred to Bravie company ltd within Kilimani where he met Jackson Kahora and Samuel Waithaka who after sometime informed instead of following cargo to purchase 50 kilograms which he did transfer USD34,000into Bravie company ltd KCB Bank(USD) account no 117604152 on 25th of May last year and further information is that there is account KCB A/C no.1104482967 for Jackson Kahora adversely mentioned by the complaint but registered in fictitious name of Simon Mbuthia.
The miscellaneous application indicate that after Adesina made the payment he saw the gold being delivered at the said office and he was given many documents pertaining to the ownership , valuation, ownership and other customs documents relating to the gold which he had been assured would be shipped to Dubai by Bravie co. Bond.
“The complaint alleged that not to have been assisted and instead the alleged people continued to obtain money from him and in total he was defrauded USD 434,100 equivalent to Sh53,828,400 in both Guinea and Kenya.