Businessman Kirimi Koome expected to plead to fraud charges Tuesday


Businessman Kirimi Koome is expected to appear in court on Tuesday 17th to plead to charges of USD  2,619,583.27 (apprx Sh 391,496,683) fraud.

Koome, who is alleged to be a former director of Stay Online Limited, failed to plead to the charges last week.

The complaint’s lawyer Danstan Omari had opposed the release of Koome on bail on grounds that he was at flight risk.

Omari told Senior Principal Magistrate Esther Kimilu that the businessman was produced in court under a warrant of arrest, therefore, not eligible for bail.

On the other hand, Ombeta argued that there was no application before court from the investigating officer or formal application from the prosecution opposing Koome’s release on bail.

According to the charge registered in court, Koome is accused of conspiring to defraud one Desire Muhinyuza, a Rwandese National and the beneficial owner of Stay Online Limited of USD 2,619,583.27, being merchants funds by falsely representing himself as the owner of the said funds.

He is alleged to have committed the offence on diverse dates between 10th July and 4th October 2023 in Nairobi within Nairobi County, jointly with others not before court and with intent to defraud.

Koome is further charged with Stealing USD 100,000 (apprx Sh 14,945,000) property of Stay Online Limited which had been entrusted to him to make payment of provision of taxes for the said company.

In addition, he is facing charges of making a false entry in a document for payment of USD 100,000 to his USD Account No. 1040184365654 domiciled at Equity and giving false information to the police.