A Congolese national residing in Kenya has been charged with obtaining over Sh 120 million from a Ukrainian national by pretending to be a gold dealer.
Andre Kongolo Tshikangu is accused of obtaining US dollars 1,059,000 (apprx. Sh 120,000,600) from businessman Kovalenko Hennadii falsely pretending he was in position to sell to him gold, a fact he knew to be false.
Tshikangu is alleged to have committed the offence on diverse dates between January and November 2018.
This is said to have took place at the offices of M/S Afrosolution Company Limited along Kaputei road in Kileleshwa, Nairobi county, jointly with others not before and with intent to defraud.
The accused, who also holds a Kenyan citizenship, denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi.
The victim’s lawyer opposed the accused release on bail on grounds that he is at flight risk because he has no known fixed of abode.
The court heard that it has taken the investigating officer over three years to trace and arrest the accused person.
The court was told that the accused was at flight risk and should therefore should not be released on bail pending hearing and determination of the case
However, Tshikangu’s lawyer Stanley Kangahi responded to the application to deny his client bail saying that bail is a constitutional rights for an accused person.
He added that the accused is also a Kenyan citizen with a fixed adding that his client is willing to abide to all bond terms given by the court.
This is not the first fraud case Tshikangu is facing. He has another before court where they allegedly scammed a victim millions under the same pretext.
The magistrate will deliver his ruling on bail on Monday, 17th January 2022. In the meantime, the accused will be detained at Capitol Hill police station.