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Fake NGO Director Seth Orinda Charged In Sh291M Fraud

Orinda is further charged with unlawfully making two purchase orders NO. 000114 and 000115 with the logo of Development Aid Africa purporting it to be true purchase orders originating from a registered NGO called Development Aid Africa.

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A notorious fraudster pretending to be a director of a leading humanitarian Non Governmental Organization has been charged with obtaining goods worth over Sh 291 million.

Seth Orinda appeared before Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Robinson Ondiek and denied the charges.

Orinda is accused that on diverse dates between 7th of August and 28th November last year at MOL logistics in Embakasi in Nairobi jointly with others not before court with intent to defraud obtained food stuffs worth Sh291, 160,000.

He obtained the goods from Frontline Tarkipa Media Limited by falsely pretending that he was director of Development Aid Africa who were to pay for the goods.

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The goods include, 23,000 90kgs bags of white maize and 8,500 jericans of 20 litres Pika cooking oil.

Prosecution further charged Orinda with unlawfully making a contract agreement with the logo of Development Aid Africa purporting it to be a true contract agreement originating from a registered NGO called Development Aid Africa.

He is alleged to have committed this offense on the 8th August, 2023 along General Mathenge Road in Westlands, Nairobi, jointly with others not before court and with intent to defraud.

Orinda is further charged with unlawfully making two purchase orders NO. 000114 and 000115 with the logo of Development Aid Africa purporting it to be true purchase orders originating from a registered NGO called Development Aid Africa.

He is further charged with uttering the fraudulent contract agreement and purchase orders with the logo and stamp for Development Aid Africa dated 7th August 2023 which had been made by Seth Orinda without lawful authority.

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The court also heard that on diverse dates between 7th August, and 28th November, 2023 along General Mathenge Road in Westlands, with intent to defraud Frontline Tarkipa Media Limited the said goods,Orinda falsely presented himself as the director Development Aid Africa.

Sh33 million fraud

Separately, under the same pretext, Orinda alongside Leon Otieno and Richard Mwaniki were charged last year in January with fraudulently obtaining goods worth Sh33 million.

They were accused of conspiring to obtain goods worth Sh8,360,000 from Rajula Adimo.

They allegedly committed the offence between November 15, 2022 and December 23, 2022 in Westlands, Gigiri subcounty, as directors of Development Aid Africa.

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They were charged with another count of intent to defraud.

They allegedly asked to be supplied with 4,500 jerricans of 20 litres cooking oil from businessman Hussein Adow Mohamed by falsely pretending they were in position to pay Sh24.7 million.

It is alleged they committed the offence on diverse dates between November 5 and December 23, 2022 in Westlands, Nairobi.

They are also accused of obtaining 1,520 jerricans of 20 litres cooking oil from Rajula Adimo by falsely pretending they were executive directors of Development Aid Africa and were in a position to pay him Sh8,360,000.

The charge sheet further stated that Orinda, Otieno and Mwaniki (claimed to be the transporter) dishonestly received or retained 290 of jerricans of 20 litres of cooking oil from Adow of Yustro Construction and Logistics Company knowing or having knowledge they were stolen goods.

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Orinda was further charged with money laundering and acquisition of proceeds of crime.

The court heard that he entered into an arrangement with Abdiwahab Aden Arte to receive Sh4,332,000 being the proceeds of 1,040 jerricans of 20 litres cooking oil that were obtained by false pretence.

They denied the charges before Milimani senior principal magistrate Esther Kimilu.

The court ordered Orida to deposit Sh2 million bond or alternative cash bail of Sh800,000 to secure his release.

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