A Cameroonian man accused of defrauding a Dubai-based businessman of $434,101 in a counterfeit gold scheme has been arrested at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and subsequently remanded to Industrial Area Prison until May 17, 2023.
Annouar Mohammed Sadate, the accused, is alleged to have swindled Ismail Kolawole Adesina out of the hefty sum through a series of fraudulent transactions, including the presentation of counterfeit tax documents. Sadate is currently facing four counts of obtaining money under false pretenses.
Prosecutor Anderson Gikunda urged Milimani Chief Magistrate Lucas Onyina to detain Sadate for two weeks, allowing the police time to consolidate his case with another pending trial. Gikunda argued that Sadate posed a flight risk, as he was apprehended at JKIA while attempting to abscond from the country.
Magistrate Onyina learned that Sadate had been implicated in the gold scam by suspects already facing justice. Between March 23, 2022, and December 18, 2022, Sadate allegedly convinced Adesina that he could ship 33 kilograms of gold from Kenya to Dubai via Miles Outlets Limited, a company supposedly involved in the fraudulent transaction.
In a calculated scheme, Sadate is accused of presenting Adesina with a forged Kenya Airways airway bill and a falsified National Bank of Kenya (NBK) transaction receipt. The receipt purportedly indicated a cash deposit of $74,240 by Miles Outlets Limited to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for export taxes.
Chief Magistrate Onyina has requested a pre-bail report from the probation department and informed Sadate of his right to consult with his embassy for assistance.