Congolese nationals charged in Nairobi over Sh 27 million fraud

Mathieu Bayindu Patsamu and Mercelin wa Nyanguangi Bruce at Milimani Law Courts where they denied obtaining Sh 27 million from South Korea investors for sale and shipping of 175 KGs of gold. PHOTO/Sam Alfan

Two Congolese nationals have been charged with obtaining USD 214,500, equivalent to Sh 27 million in a fake gold trade deal in Nairobi.

Mathieu Bayindu Patsamu and Mercelin wa Nyanguangi BruceĀ  are accused of obtaining from Tophead Vision Company Limited of South Korea Sh 27,585,000 by falsely pretending that they had sold and shipped to them 175 KGs of gold the Democratic Republic of Congo through Nairobi and that the same was being heldĀ  at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in transit to Seoul, Korea through Turkish Airline Airway, a fact they knew to be false.

The two are alleged to have committed the offence on diverse dates between 8th January and 5th April 2023 in Nairobi, with intent to defraud.

In addition, the two are charged with conspiracy to defraud Tophead Vision Company the Sh 27 million, jointly with others not before court.

They denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Lucus Onyina.

The court will rule whether they will be released on bail on Monday 17th after the prosecution opposed their release on bail.

According to the prosecution, the accused persons are at flight risk since they are foreigners with no fixed abode in Kenya.