Three suspects implicated in fake gold syndicate were yesterday charged before the Milimani Law Courts for allegedly defrauding an Iranian businessman Sh65million in pretex they were in a position to sell him 60 kilograms of gold in Nairobi’s Kilimani area.
While appearing before Milimani Chief Magistrate Lucas Onyina, Partick Ngare , Kelvin Mwaura and Muke Wa Mansoni are said that on diverse dates between the April 2021 and April 14, 2023 at Kilimani area in Nairobi within Nairobi City County, they obtained Sh65million from Sadeegh Sadeghain Abolfazi.
They also faced another count of obtaining money through false presence.
According to court documents, they are alleged to have pretended to be in a position to sell 60 kilograms of gold to Abolfaz, a fact they knew to be false.
Their application for bail will be determined today, April 19, 2023.
Sadegh had previously approached one Sadiki Etonga who posed as the seller of the precious metal. The two then entered into a deal and a deposit of USD 50,000$ was made before the remaining amount USD450,000$.
After the agreement, Sadegh was then introduced to three companies that would allegedly actualize the transaction.
They included Newline Logistics Limited headed by a CEO only know as Mark together with his partner Calvin Ngotho whose real name was later discovered to be Kelvin Mwaura Ngotho.
The other two were Oriex International Cargo Freight and Royal Ultra Vault Limited. However, Sadegh became suspicious that all was not well after failed delivery of the consignment on the agreed upon date, before he rushed to detectives for assistance.
This led to the arrest of the three suspects, recovery of a Steyr pistol and 103 rounds of 9mm ammunition, a firearm certificate and Sh600,000 in cash.
Also recovered was a Thermo Scientific precious metal analyser, Motor vehicle plates KDH 317L and KDH 592Q and assorted cheque books.
Fake gold bars made from crushed padlocks powder were also recovered from the scammers.