Fake gold scammer Jared Otieno gets his Sh30 million Porsche back

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Fake gold suspect Jared Otieno is today a happy man after the High Court ordered that his Sh30 million Porsche Panamera be released.

Justice John Onyiego asked the police to release the car to Mr Otieno, a close ally of the disgraced Chris Obure claiming that there was no proof it was bought using proceeds of crime.

The judge said the high-end vehicle has been lying at the CID headquarters, wasting away due to vagaries of weather.

However, the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) is preparing an appeal, arguing that the car will deteriorate in value and defeat the push to have it forfeited to the State.

Flamboyant Mr Otieno is one of the known gold scammers and he is at the centre of a Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) probe into a racket that conned a Dubai royal of Sh300 million while claiming to be able to sell him gold worth the millions.

Last year, he was charged with obtaining the Sh300 million from Sounthorn Chanthavong, a director of Simoung Group Company, claiming that he would sell him gold.

The car was impounded last year alongside a custom-made 2018 Bentley Continental GT worth at least Sh47 million as detectives investigated the fake gold ring.

The ARA failed to convince Justice Onyiego to reverse his decision to release the Porsche to Mr Otieno.

The judge directed the agency to appeal his decision in the Court of Appeal.

“The applicant should concentrate with the appeal and if necessary, obtain a further stay of execution orders there,” he said, adding that if the appeal succeeds, the vehicle will be repossessed.

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But Mr Otieno opposed stating that the court had already pronounced itself on the matter, hence has no jurisdiction to determine the case.

His lawyer Paul Muite said the vehicle was at greater risk of loss of utility and it should be released to Mr Otieno and the logbook retained in court and a monthly inspection report tabled in court.

The agency reckons that the vehicles were proceeds of crime because Mr Otieno, who is facing charges over fake gold claims, has no known source of income.