Businessman cum Fraudster Kirimi Koome charged with defrauding a Rwandan National Sh 390M

Fraudster Kirimi Koome charged with defrauding a Rwandan National Sh 390M

Businessman Kirimi Koome has been brought to the Milimani Court in Nairobi, facing four charges of defrauding a Rwandan citizen of $2,619,583 (Ksh 390 million).

On Wednesday, officers arrested Koome in a case involving millions derived from online trading.

 

Koome was apprehended by the Criminal Investigations Department (DCI) after Senior Magistrate Gilbert Shikwe ordered his arraignment and arrest.

 

Requesting that the arrest warrant for Koome not be set aside, lawyers Danstan Omari and the prosecutor James Gachoka told another magistrate, Esther Kimilu, “the court should safeguard the funds of online merchandise sellers that Koome is drooling over.”

 

As a result of this dispute, the Milimani Court ordered the closure of the accounts of Stay Online Limited (SOL), registered by Koome on behalf of Mr. Muhinyuza.

Ms. Kimilu ordered the case to be mentioned on Thursday for a decision on whether the arrest warrant for Koome will be set aside.

 

Mr. Omari told the court that the money Koome is alleged to owe is not his but belongs to customers who purchase goods in the SOL online platform.

 

Prosecutor James Gachoka informed the court that the police had received reports from Equity Bank Limited (EBL) and United Bank Africa (UBA).

In the evidence presented by lawyers Aranga Omaiyo, Danstan Omari, and Cliff Ombeta, it was revealed that a significant sum of money was held in three accounts opened in Kenya with the consent of international investor Desire Muhinyuza.

 

“Muhinyuza became suspicious of Koome Kirimi after he demanded $120,000 to be sent to his account located in Meru,” Mr. Omari told the court.

 

Stay Online Limited (SOL) has branches in Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, and Canada.

Kirimi serves as the company’s representative in Kenya.

 

Koome is expected to answer charges of conspiring to defraud SOL of $2.6 million.

He is also charged with stealing $100,000.

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