DAILYNEWS UG |Kampala| Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday remanded two men on charges of defrauding a foreigner of Shs700m in a gold scam.
The suspects are: Mr Paul Mugoya Wanyoto, 34, a lawyer, and Mr Moses Zabassajja Ndyanabangi, 47, a businessman. They were charged with three counts of obtaining money by false pretences and conspiracy to defraud Mr Yahya Mohammed Osman, a South Sudan national.
They applied for bail and trial magistrate Esther Nahirya adjourned the case to February 21 for the ruling.
Prosecution contends that the duo and others still at large on September 29, 2016, at Web Advocates and Solicitors on Lumumba Avenue in Kampala, obtained $54,000 (about Shs200m) from Mr Osman purporting to be clearing 265kg of gold from Entebbe Airport Uganda to Dubai – United Arab Emirates (UAE).
It also alleged that on September 28, 2016, both Mr Wanyoto and Mr Ndyanabangi, at Nile Refinery in Buziga suburb, obtained $13,250 (about Shs49m) from Mr Osman purporting to smelt and refine 265kg of gold for him.
It is also alleged that between September and December 2016 at diverse places in Kampala, the two accused and others conspired to defraud Mr Osman of AFWAF General Trading Company Limited, a Dubai-based firm of $93250 (about Shs300m).
Mr Ndyanabangi is separately charged with two counts of obtaining money by false pretences and uttering a false document which he and others allegedly committed on October 1, 2016, to defraud Mr Osman of $30,000 (about Shs100m) purportedly to clear 265kg of gold from Entebbe Airport to Dubai-UAE.