Two suspects believed to have swindled an American citizen out of $1 million were arraigned at the Kibera Law Courts.
The court released the two on a Sh500,000 cash bail plus one contact person.
The two suspects identified as Nicholas Otieno Ndolo alias Nick and Thomas Otieno Ngoe were also directed to report to the investigating officer of the case every Monday and Thursday.
Ndolo and Ngoe were arrested after the victim of their scam reported the incident at Nairobi’s Capitol Hill Police Station.
Ndolo is the director of a company known as DSI Mining and Minerals Limited, while Ngoe is the director of AFRICORP Legal Consultancy.
The foreign entity had already transferred $1 million from his account at the Northern Trust Bank based in the US, to AFRICOP’s Equity Bank account after sealing a deal with Ndolo to buy gold.
Ndolo sent several documents to the victim via WhatsApp as proof of the sale of the gold, and they included Thomas Otieno, the director of AFRICORP legal consultancy, as the legal consultant.
That was the genesis of the foreign entity’s troubles, as his efforts to see his latest acquisition were futile before Ndolo and Ngoe became unreachable.
This prompted the American to report the matter to the authorities, and a manhunt for the duo was launched immediately.
The manhunt was successful, as the police arrested Ndolo and Ngoe in the leafy suburbs of Kilimani and Lavington.
The case will be mentioned on April 3, 2023.
This is one of the latest high-level fake gold scams in the city, involving locals and a foreign national.