Kenyan businessman Kevin Obia, alias Kevin Kleigh, has been sentenced to one year in jail.
Obia was found guilty of attempting to defraud an Australian national of Sh13.7 million on the pretext of selling him seven kilograms of gold.
Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi handed the accused a one-year prison sentence or pay a fine of Sh300,000.
Obia was charged with obtaining €127,000 (Sh13.7 million) from Christian Gallati at Hilton Hotel, Nairobi on May 1st, 2015 by falsely pretending he was in a position to sell him 7kgs of gold.
In his ruling, magistrate Andayi stated that there was a bigger person behind the said scam—Jared Otieno. “Jared Otieno is still at large and they have failed to arrest him,” the magistrate noted.
The court declared that the complainant did not suffer any loss as he was engaging in gold business without pre-requisite certificates and licenses as required by law. The magistrate ordered that the exhibits be destroyed.