French businessman charged over gold fraud in Nairobi


A French national has been charged with conspiracy to defraud a Dubai businessman Sh 14 million in gold ‘trade’.

Jean Emmanuel Morlon is accused of conspiring with others before court with intent to defraud Italiana Antonio Cianci a director of Iron and Steel DMCC from Dubai 140,000 USD by use of fraudulent tricks and displayed metal boxes purportedly packed with genuine gold bars and having an office trading in the name of Duaf International Limited, falsely pretending that he was carrying on genuine gold business.

He is alleged to have committed the offence on diverse dates between 23rd and 25th April 2019 along Riverside Drive in Kileleshwa, Nairobi.

Morlon is also charged with obtaining the Sh 14M from Cianci by pretending that he had genuine gold for sale.

He denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Kenneth Cheruiyot.

The prosecution intends to consolidate the case with another of a similar nature already before court.

The state did not object his release on bail but requested he deposits his passport in court.

His lawyers however told the court that Morlon’s business requires him to travel a lot therefore requested the court to issue it back whenever he required to travel.

He was granted a bond of Sh 3 million or alternative cash bail of Sh 500,000. In addition, the accused is to deposit a personal bond of Sh 1 million. The matter will be mentioned on Friday 26th for directions on consolidation.