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Abdulrahman seen in past photo with Hushpuppi.

The United States of America Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the affidavit filed at the United States District Court, District of California case number 2:21-CR -00203 seeking for the extradition of a alleged serial fugitive who’s nationality is unknown the 28 years old Abdulrahman Imraan Juma in the custody of Kenyan law enforcers .

Through the United States of America Embassy in Kenya , the powerful State in the World in affidavit filed in the United States District Court, California shared with the Kenyan intelligence agency , Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Country Director of Public Prosecution requesting for the fugitive who is being held at Gigiri Police Station Kiambu County Kenya , for speedy extradition to the United States of America to face three serious offences of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in violation of US criminal code of section 1349.

Conspiracy to commit money Laundering in violation of US section 1956 of US Criminal code and aggravated identity theft in violation of section 1028 A (a)(I) and 2 (a) of the US criminal code.

In the affidavit filed on 29th April 2021 requesting for warrant of the arrest of Fugitive Abdulrahman believed to be conspiring with other associates to defraud Senior Citizens from different Countries Globally , the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)described the fugitive as the most dangerous and most wanted Criminal who should be extradicted to the United States of America to face serious criminal offences.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji  has filed an application to extradite to the US a Kenyan fugitive wanted over claims of laundering more than Sh128 million.

The World most wanted Fugitive Abdulrahman Imraan Juma alias Abdul arraigned before Nairobi’s Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi at Milimani Law Court Nairobi County Kenya. PHOTO / CHRIS OJOW

The DPP, through senior state prosecutor Catherine Mwaniki, asked the chief magistrate in Nairobi to allow him extradite Juma to face the charges as requested by the US Department of Justice.

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According to documents filed in court by the DPP, Juma is alleged to be part of an international syndicate that involves accomplices in the US, Nigeria and Kenyan law firm.

In the charges against Juma filed at the US District Court for the Central District of California, he is facing 61 counts of money laundering, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The documents alleged that Juma’s accomplices would identify businessmen based in the US and Qatar and hoodwink them that they could offer loans worth millions of shillings.

Once the victim was identified, the accomplices would introduce them to Juma who would in turn falsely claim that he would provide the loan through his company in Kenya.

In one instance, the documents showed that Juma promised a Qatari businessman that he could organise for him $15 million (Sh1.6 billion) after which he was allegedly paid $314,450 (Sh35.5 million) then went underground.

As per the court documents, Imraan Juma worked hand-in-hand with Hushpuppi and another Nigerian identified as Kelly Chibuzo to defraud a Qatari business person more than Kenya Shillings 1.1 billion in the guise that they will facilitate the businessman with a loan to fund the construction of a school in Qatar.

Juma posed as a facilitator and consultant for the illusionary bank loans while Hushpuppi played the role of ‘Malik’ a Wells Fargo banker in New York.

Chibuzo is accused of creating bogus documents and arranging the creation of a bogus Bank website and phone banking line.

Duncan Okatch, senior partner Okatch and Partners Advocates

According to court documents seen by Kenya Insights, Juma engaged the services of Kenyan law firm Okatch and Partners Advocates in scamming the Qatari Victim Company, the firm was used to receive the funds from the victim.

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“During this meeting, the Victim Businessperson signed a contract with Westload. The contract stated that the Victim Businessperson was responsible for paying a “consultancy fee” of $225,000 through the law firm Okatch & Partners (“Okatch”), which was located in Kenya. The payment was to be made in two installments—an initial payment of $157,500 and a second payment for $67,500. Westload also provided two initial invoices; one for $157,500 for the first installment and another for $6,900, for purported legal and initial engagement fees.” Court paper reads.

The Qatari businessman wanted a financier for the construction project and Juma posed as a financier using Westload Financial Solutions Limited (“Westload”) the company purported to facilitate the loan.

On around December 6 and 7, 2019, the Victim Businessperson wired approximately USD $150,000 to Okatch in four transactions court papers show.

Then, on February 4, 2020, JUMA told the Victim Businessperson to send money to Okatch, in Kenya. Between approximately February 5 and 10, 2020, the Victim Businessperson sent $299,983.58 to the bank account of Okatch in seven separate transactions.

Court papers strongly indicate that the law firm facilitated the scamming.

Duncan Okatch, perhaps the most prominent senior partner in the firm is also a controversial figure in the press.

Raila Odinga’s aide Silas Jakakimba claimed to have been assaulted by Okatch who’s his ex-wife’s lawyer in child custody case that has been going on for time now. He alleged that Okatch has punched him in the face severally in front of his sons.

The lawyer got physical after he could not be allowed to attend a meeting that was to be held between Jakakimba, his wife, and the management of the Riara School.

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The lawyer had colluded with Jakakimba’s wife to block him (Jakakimba) from clearing his sons from Riara School, where they had been schooling.

Okatch also represented Babu Owino in the DJ Evolve shooting saga and has handled a number of high profile cases.

Fraudsters have perfected their art to erase their footprints by working with rogue law firms who conspire in their scheme by laundering the crime proceeds.

Tom Okundi of Okundi & Company Advocates is notorious for laundering money for gold scammers, a matter that saw his bank accounts frozen by court after it was determined that mega gold scammer, Jared Otieno used the firm to scam Sh300M some foreigners.

Such dirty deals do not only jeopardize the reputation of the law firm, but drops clients trust and puts other clients money held by the firms in risk.


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