Kevin Obia jailed for one year in Ksh.13.7M fake gold case; Jared Otieno still at large

Kevin Obia jailed for one year in Ksh.13.7M fake gold case; Jared Otieno still at large

A Nairobi court has sentenced businessman Kevin Obia alias Kevin Kleigh to one year imprisonment in a six-year fake gold scam case.

Obia was found guilty of attempting to defraud an Austrian of more than Ksh.13.7 million while pretending to be in a position to sell him 7kg of gold.

Trial Magistrate Francis Andayi gave the controversial businessman an option of Ksh.300,000 as fine.

He was charged with obtaining Euros 127,000 (Ksh.13.7 million) on May 1, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, from Christian Gallati by falsely pretending he would sell him7kg of gold.

Magistrate Andayi, in his ruling, noted that there was a bigger person behind the said scam, whom he identified as Jared Otieno.

“Jared Otieno is still at large and they have failed to arrest him,” the court noted.

On the part of the complainant, the court noted that he did not suffer any loss as he was engaging in the business of gold without pre-requisite certificates and licenses as required by law.

The court directed that the exhibits be destroyed.