One year in jail for fake gold dealer

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A Kenyan court has sentenced a business person to one year imprisonment for engaging in a fake gold business.

Delivering his verdict on Wednesday, August 4, Milimani Law Courts Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi found Kevin Obia guilty of defrauding Austrian national Christian Gallati, $137000 in pretence to sell him 7kgs of gold.

Obia, in his defence, denied that he engages in the fake gold business, saying he has never handled the precious metal.

He accused the police of framing him, noting that he was arrested in a Nairobi hotel after holding a brief meeting with his guests.

He told the court that the officers who arrested him booked him at Nairobi’s Central Police Station and charged him for being in the fake gold business.

Magistrate Andayi gave Obia an option of a $300 fine.

The court said the police is pursuing another suspect identified as Jared Otieno, alleged to have played a more prominent role in the scam.

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