Couple charged with Sh 18.5M avocado trade fraud


A couple has been charged with defrauding a company Sh 18.5 million in a fake avocado export business.

Nathan Loyd Ndungu and Jennifer Mukonyo Mbogo the directors of Avoveg Health Kenya limited are accused of jointly conspiring to defraud Sh 18,500,000 by falsely pretending that they were in a position to partner with them in the financing of avocado export business, a fact they knew was false.

The two are also facing charges obtaining the amount in question and more than ten issuing bad cheques of Sh 990,000 each.

The accused persons are alleged to have committed the offences on diverse dates between March and April 2020.

They denied the charges before Senior Principal magistrate Bernard Ochoi.

Their lawyer requested the two to be released on bail on grounds that they are parents of young children and have fixed abode.

The prosecution did not object to their release on bail, however, objected the same on bail on grounds that the accused persons are at flight risk.

The court heard that it has taken a toll for investigators to arrest the two as they have proved to be very evasive.

“The fact that they have proved their inability to cooperate with the investigating officer  is evidence that they will continue to do so if granted bond,” said the lawyer for the complainant.

The Magistrate will deliver the ruling on bail on Monday 20th after a probation officer tables the pre-bail report in court on Monday morning.