Two charged over Sh 1.4M gold fraud

Collins Akenga Chavera and Rodgers Kipkogei in a Nairobi court where they denied fraud charges. Photo/Suek

Two men have been charged with Sh 1.4 million gold fraud, impersonation among other offenses.

Collins Akenga Chavera and Rodgers Kipkogei are accused of obtaining Sh 1.4 million from Rodgers Monari Machoka by falsely pretending that they were in a position to sell him pure gold from Congo, a fact they knew to be false.

The two are alleged to have committed the offense on diverse dates between 17th  and 21st January 2022 in Kenya, jointly with others not before court.

The court further heard that the two conspired to defraud Machoka the Sh 1,426,500.

Chavera is also charged with personation. The court heard on diverse dates between 15th and 26th January 2022, within Nairobi and Nakuru counties with intent to defraud, falsely presented himself as Faisal Mangal Bakari.

He further faces charges of obtaining registration of a Safaricom number pretending to be the said Bakari and another one as Dennick Ijeji

The duo is also charged with preparation to commit a felony of personation and obtaining money by false pretenses after they were found with 103 Kenyan identity cards of different people.

Kipkogei is also facing charges of preparation to commit a felony after being found in possession of assorted unregistered Safaricom sim cards.

He is also charged with obtaining registration by false pretenses pretending to be Linus Rotich and Nicholas Cheruiyot.

The accused persons denied the charges before Chief Magistrate Susan Shitubi.

They were granted a cash bail of Sh 600,000 each plus one contact person.