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Lawyer Morara, Shahdadpuri Choithram Charged With Sh75M Fraud

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A lawyer has been charged with conspiracy to defraud directors of Global Apparel Kenya (EPZ) shares worth Sh75 million.

Philemon Morara Apiemi of Morara Apiemi & Nyangito Advocates appeared before Milimani Resident Magistrate Bernard Ochoi and denied several charges.

Philemon Morara Apiemi is charged jointly with Shahdadpuri Ghanshyam Choithram who was not present during the plea taking. They are accused of trying to defraud heirs of Suresh Lakhian and Narain Choithram (both deceased).

Morara and Choithram are accused that on the diverse dates from October 16, 2016 and June 13, 2018 while purporting to be director and external lawyer for Global Apparel Kenya (EPZ) limited, they jointly conspired to defraud heirs of Suresh Lakhian and Narain Choithram of 250,000 ordinary shares valued Sh25 million and 750,000 preferential shares valued of Sh75 million

It is alleged that they committed the offence with others not before court in an unknown place in the country by falsifying Global Apparel Kenya limited resolution transfer deeds and statutory declarations to the benefit of Choithram, a fact they knew was false.

The purported director Choithram is also charged with stealing 125,000 ordinary shares valued Sh12.5 million and also stealing preferential shares 750,000 valued Sh. 75, 00.000 the property of the Lakhiani (deceased).

Prosecution told the court that Choithram is facing several charges of stealing shares belonging to the deceased family.

Prosecution told the court that on July 12, 2018 both Choithram and lawyer Morara at registrar of companies within Nairobi jointly knowingly and fraudulently uttered a forged Global Apparel Kenya (EPZ) limited written resolution, statutory declaration all dated October 24, 2017 and transfer deed dated December 5, 2016 to the registrar of companies purporting it to be genuine document.

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The two are further accused that with intent to defraud without lawful authority jointly made a statutory declaration dated October 14,2016 purporting it to be statutory declaration sworn by Suresh Lakhian.

Lawyer Morara was released on a bond of 1 million or cash bail of Sh. 500,000.

Morara who’s also a state counsel for Youth Enterprise Development Fund now finds himself in a tight hole that he entered into years back.


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