A man has been charged with obtaining millions of shillings from a foreigner under the guise of helping him to clear and transport a consignment of USD 89 million (Apprx Sh 12 billion) cash held at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Edwin Ochieng Oduk is accused of first obtaining USD 16,000 (apprx Sh 2.3 million) from French national William Tuil by purporting that he was in a position to pay for insurance of four boxes consignment containing USD 89 million held at JKIA, a fact he knew to be false.
Oduk is alleged to have committed the offense jointly with others not before court on diverse dates between 22nd July and 10th August 2022 in Nairobi, with intent to defraud.
In addition, the accused is charged with obtaining another USD 12,500 (apprx Sh 1.8million) from Tuil by pretending that he was in a position to hire a private jet to transport the money from JKIA to Kigali, Rwanda.
Oduk is also charged with obtaining another USD 31,494 (apprx Sh 4.6 million) from the French national by pretending that the money was to pay Kenya revenue custom documents and taxes for the four boxes of money.
The accused is alleged to have committed the offenses on 15th and 10th June 2023 respectively.
The prosecution also charged Oduk with forging Kenya Airways waybill number, a letter from African Cargo Handling Limited and a letter for customs service department for East African Community.
Oduk denied the charges before Kibera Law Courts Senior Principal Magistrate Monica Maroro. He was released on a Sh 800,000 cash bail.