Head of DCI transnational crimes summoned in court over deportation of Sh 170M gold fraud suspect

Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi.

A Nairobi Court has summoned the Head of Transnational Crimes at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations over the deportation of a Zambian national charged with defrauding a rally driver Sh 170 million in a fake gold trade.

Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi summoned the officer to explain the circumstances under which Bupe Chipando alias Elena  was deported without knowledge of the court yet he has an ongoing criminal case.

It is alleged that Chipando was deported on 10th July 2022 after the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangí signed his deportation order.

The accused is alleged to have been in Kenya illegally and engaging in criminal activities.

Chipando was arrested at his house in Ruaka and was charged on 11th May 2022 with defrauding Dutch rally driver Bernhard Ten Brinke Sh170.8 million by pretending that he was in a position to sell to him 500 kilograms of gold.

He is alleged to have committed the offence on 15th January 2021 in Nairobi.

The accused is further charged with conspiring with others between 1st September and 21st January 2021 to defraud Brinke by claiming that they were dealing in gold, a fact they knew to be false.

He denied the charges and was granted a cash bail of Sh 500,000.