Court allows DCI to access cash box of suspected gold fraudster

Seth Steve Okute (left) and Bruno Otieno Olienda at Milimani Law Courts where they denied obtaining Sh 12.7 million from a foreigner as custom duty for exporting gold from Burkina Faso to Zurich. PHOTO/Courtesy

A Nairobi court has authorised the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to open a sealed cash/till box allegedly belonging to Seth Steve Okute who is charged alongside one Bruno Otieno Orienda with obtaining Sh 12.7 million in a fake gold trade.

The Nairobi Magistrates court ordered the said box to be opened in the presence of Okute and force be used to gain access if need be.

I order and authorise CPL Gerald Kamwaro or any other officer authorised by the applicant (DCI), by this search warrant to open the sealed cash/till box in presence of the respondent and if need be use force to gain access, seize the content therein so as to enable CPL Kamwaro or any other officer attached to DCI to complete investigation on the offence stated,” the magistrate ruled.

The accused persons are charged with obtaining USD100,000, (Apprx Sh 12.7 million) from Marjorie R Grant by falsely pretending that Newsky’s Global Cargo Movers International Limited were in a position to pay custom duties for 33 kilograms of gold shipped from Burkina Faso, a fact they knew to be false.


Okute and Otieno Olienda are also charged with conspiracy to obtain the Sh 12.7 million from Marjorie by falsely pretending they were in position to pay custom duties for 33 kilograms of gold shipped from Burkina Faso to Zurich, a fact they knew was false.

The duo is alleged to have committed the offence on 9th November 2022 at I&M Bank in  Nairobi with intent to defraud.

They are out on a cash bail of Sh 600,000 each.Bruno Otieno Orienda