Kisumu United Millers bosses charged over Sh 79 million fraud in sugar deal


Three directors and a manager of Kisumu United Millers have been charged with obtaining over Sh 79 million by false pretenses and forgery.

Sunil Narshi Shah, Kamal Narshi Punja Shah and  Magnesh Kumar Verma are accused of conspiring with intent to defraud B N Kotecha & Sons Limited Sh 79.4 million in sugar business on 2nd April 2015 at an unknown place within the Republic of Kenya.

Also charged against the three directors is the company’s general manager Henry Kavita who pleaded to the charges in late April and was released on bail pending the hearing and determination of the case.

The four allegedly pretended they had lost business as United Millers Limited to their clients by failure to supply sugar.

The accused persons were also charged with defeating the course of justice by filing a case at the High Court in Kisumu allegedly using falsified documents.

Kavita is separately charged with forging a local purchase order  for Alysam Stores on 5th April 2015 purporting to be genuine.

They denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi and were granted a bond of Sh 1 million with alternative cash bail of Sh 400,000.


In addition, the four were ordered to deposit their travelling documents in court until further notice and not to leave the jurisdiction of the court without court permission.

Sunil, Kamal and Magnesh who were out on a Sh 70,000 police bond were supposed to plead to the charges in June 2020 but had not appeared in court. When they were summoned to appear in court to plead to the charges late last month, they failed to show up and their lawyer informed the court they were in isolation after coming into contact with a COVID-19 patient. However no medical records were produced to support the same. The court directed them to avail the said records.

The case will be mentioned on 24th May 2021 for pre-trial.