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Lawyer charged with Sh 139M gold fraud.

by Robert Guyana

  A lawyer and a gold dealer were on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, charged before Milimani Law Courts with defrauding an American businessman Ksh132 million in a fake gold deal.

Lawyer Thomas Otieno Ngoe and businessman Nicholas Otieno Ndolo appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Zainab Abdul and denied three charges of conspiracy to commit a felony, conspiracy to defraud $1 million (Ksh132,540,000) from American businessman Seth Adams Bernstein and forging an East Africa mineral export permit.

According to the prosecution, the two had agreed to sell gold valued at Ksh16 billion to the businessman, who is the complainant in the case.

The foreigner then paid Ksh132 million as customs fees for 3,000 kilograms of gold to be shipped from the country to Dubai.

In the first count, the charge sheet read that on diverse dates between February 3 and 11, 2023, through Equity Bank Yaya Center Branch in Kilimani, Nairobi county jointly with others not before the court, the duo conspired to commit a felony namely obtaining money by false pretences to wit $1 million the property of Bernstein.

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