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Sh60m fraud matter against 3 traders to be heard in August

Thursday, May 16th, 2024 06:30 | By
Milimani chief magistrate Susan Shitubi
Milimani chief magistrate Susan Shitubi. PHOTO/Print

The hearing of a case in which three businessmen who are alleged to have scammed an Indian national of Sh60 million by lying to him that they would help him secure a tender at the Ministry of ICT has been pushed to August 29.

Milimani chief magistrate Susan Shitubi (pictured) fixed the hearing date after the prosecution confirmed that they have already supplied the defence with all witness statements.

The accused Erick Otieno, Alex Stephen Ogolla and Mofat Gicheru Kamau are alleged to have used the Ministry of Information Communication and Digital Economy to siphon money from the foreigners.

According to the prosecution they stole 398,000 USD (equivalent to Sh 60million) from Vijay Virma by pretending that they would help him secure a tender at the Information Communication Ministry.

The charge against them states that on diverse dates between September 2023 and December 2023 in Nairobi, they jointly with others not before court conspired to steal from Vijay Virma by falsely pretending they would secure for him a tender for supply of laptops to the Ministry of Information Communication and Digital economy a fact they knew to be false.

The magistrate issued an order compelling DCI to release a motor vehicle said to be owned by one of the accused persons, Ogolla.

They are out on Sh3 million bond each and a surety of the same amount. The case will be mentioned on April 29 for further direction.

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