When you see them in their slim fit and or designer suits, you may assume them to be the go-to city lawyers. From their watches, to sharp pointed shoes, their appear like the most learned fellows around only to be exposed as part of the lawyers used by the gold scamming cartels operating in the country.
In most cases, these well dressed humans present themselves as people of means, driving top-of-the-range automotives with expensive wine at five-star hotels. They live on life’s fast lane. They enjoy the finest things under the sun.
They organised themed parties after a ‘kill’, they travel abroad for simple booze nights and are not embarrassed to show off their wealth despite it not being legally acquired.
Daring, tough and sweet talking, they stop at nothing in pursuit of wealth and easy targets. They have also been said to have enlisted protection from state agencies, reason they evade arrest in obvious cases. You remember the case of Kileleshwa incident where the home they were operating in was given maximum security with thoroughly trained servicemen?
Leading this caliber of laywers is Thomas Otieno Ngoe aka Tom Ngoe who specialised in advising foreign companies on investment regulations, sectoral caps and regulatory issues relating to various sectors in Kenya. Him and his team actively advises and opines on barriers to entry, which include foreign investment regulations, policies, and specific commitments under various trade agreements, customs duty. This is how he easily land himself into unsuspecting foreign investors with interest in gold business. He is the brains behind the cartels that wreaked havoc in the city in the past two years.
Tom Ngoe is a criminal, he even paid to have his images online erased including on LinkedIn where he is supposed to be displaying himself as a professional.
According to Directorate of Criminal Intelligence (DCI) officers, the players in the trade, alongside others are said to have been involved in the scam either through ignorance or direct involvement.
Dozen of unsuspecting foreign nationals are being swindled large amounts of money by these fraudsters led by Tom Ngoe.
Ngoe has been mentioned severally in the serial fraud cases of Jared Otieno who has in the last few years been involved in high tech conning and at one time invited some of the biggest names in the political arena to a wedding which still remains the country’s biggest of the 21st Century.
In tow during the highly-publicised wedding in Meru was Siaya Senator James Orengo and current Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi among the big names that attended the marriage that was full of drama and flamboyance.
Last year, a man linked to the United Arab Emirates royal family is alleged to have been conned by a group that includes, among others, Bungoma senator Moses Wetang’ula, Zaheer Jhanda and Jared Otieno. Their lawyer has always been Tom Ngoe.
In actual fact, Jared Otieno, who describes himself as a businessman is said to be the mastermind and kingpin in the gold scam world alongside former AFC Leopards chairman Allan Kasavuli and Shabana Chairman Jared Nivaton, closely associated with television screen siren Lilian Muli.
In 2017, Jared Otieno had his first trouble with the authorities when he was accused of obtaining Sh22 million from two foreign complainants.
After that, several cases came up including a famous arrest this year that exposed his expensive lifestyle with little or no known income channel.
On his part, Ngoe who has already testified in court in a case, is said to have received the cash on behalf of a foreign buyer who was
prospecting for business in the country. He, according to details in the newspapers last year, was approached by the buyer to open an escrow account.
This was a deal involving a foreigner and gold seller known as Samir Munyinyi and his associate, Anthony Kanga. And it was 360kgs of gold.
In this deal, the investors were required to pay USD 100,000 for export taxes while the lawyer, Ngoe, would retain 5kgs of gold as collateral. “We paid 100,000 dollars for taxes and 10,000 dollars as fee for Otieno,” the foreigner said.
Ngoe would then create an escrow account where payments were done through a bank transfer from the foreigner’s company to the escrow account.
Later, one of the foreigner’s workers, Razia Chelimo informed him that she had discovered that Otieno was not registered as an advocate. “We confronted him and he explained to us that he was a lawyer but he was not practicing,” he said.
“We insisted that we wanted to accompany him to the bank but he refused saying it wasn’t necessary and after a few days, Munyinyi came up with another problem. He said he could not get export licence for the consignment and therefore needed another USD 100,000 to solve the problem,” he said.
Ngoe who listed as a key witness in the above case made deliberate efforts not to show up in court claiming that he was having emergency. As a result, the hearing was postponed to a later date.
Lawyer Ngoe has millions of money stashed in proxy bank accounts.
The cartels in the gold scam business must be dismantled and scattered away starting with the aforementioned laywers. We will keep tabs on these shameless characters who have ruined the reputation of this country.
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