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Ugandan man charged with Sh16 million fraud in fake gold deal

A Ugandan businessman on Thursday appeared before a Nairobi court charged with conning a tourist from Jordan over Sh16 million in a fake gold deal.

Twahir Ismail, 36, was also accused of being in the country illegally, contrary to immigration laws of Kenya.

The court heard that on diverse dates between April 15 and June 17 this year at Kabeserian avenue in Lavington, Twahir obtained USD 167,000 from Mr Mohammed Mzyed Hassan Bataineh pretending that he had 50 kilograms of gold to sell.

He denied committing the offence before Kibera Chief Magistrate Ann Ong’ijo.

Mr Mohammed told investigators that he is a tourist who is interested in doing business in Kenya.

The prosecution told the court that Twahir did not have an identification documents when he was arrested on June 24 in Nairobi.

Assistant director of prosecutions Mary Wangele said the accused had another case pending in court and sought time to verify some documents the accused had given the police.

“We have information that the accused has another case pending in court where he was ordered to deposit his passport. We require time to confirm this,” Ms Wangele told the court.

She asked the court to remand the accused at Kilimani police station for seven days. The application was granted.

The case will be mentioned on June 30 for further directions.