Two suspects in KES 129 million gold scam charged

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution is seeking to detain two suspects of a gold scam for five days for allegedly defrauding a foreigner USD 1 million.

Nicholas Otieno Ndolo and Thomas Otieno Ngoe were arraigned before Kibera Senior Principal Magistrate Charles Mwaniki where the Director of Criminal Investigation sought custodial orders against them.

The prosecutor told the court that the complainant who is a foreigner was introduced to Ndolo as a businessman dealing in the gold business.
They agreed that he would purchase 3000kg of gold at USD 41,000 Per kg totaling USD 123,000,000.

Ndolo provided an Equity Bank Account to the foreigner where the money would be wired.
The foreigner instructed his bank in the U.S.A. to wire the sum of USD 1,000,000 on 10th February 2023 by way of a swift bank transfer into the said account.

Ndolo confirmed to have received the money and would then contact the complainant to witness the packaging of the gold in readiness for shipment to Dubai.

The complainant waited in vain for an appointment to witness the packaging which then prompted him to request documentation in regard to the purchase of the said gold.

“The complainant later realized that some of the documents such as the customs entry indicated on the declaration form dated 8th March 2023 were not genuine,” claimed the DCI officer Alexander Makoma investigating the matter.

According to detectives, Ndolo started to avoid meeting the complainant and later started threatening him with deportation from Kenya which prompted him to make a report at DCI Operations Support Unit.
Detectives claim upon investigations at Equity Bank where the money was wired, it was discovered that it is operated by Thomas Otieno Ngoe, who is the second suspect and that the whole amount had been transferred to other accounts.

Detectives claim a quick search was conducted and a firearm was recovered from the vehicle they were driving.

“The recovered firearm is believed to have been used to commit crimes and is therefore subject for further forensic analysis as well as to establish how it was acquired by the second suspect,”  the court heard.
DCI says investigations into the matter are not yet complete and they intend to recover the money defrauded from the foreigner.

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