Jared Otieno locked up at Kileleshwa police station for 7 days

In Summary

• Otieno accused of receiving Sh300 million fraudulently in a fake gold transaction.

• It is not the first time Otieno has been linked to a fake gold scam.

Jared Otieno at a Milimani law court on Friday, May 17, 2019.
Jared Otieno at a Milimani law court on Friday, May 17, 2019.
Image: COLLINS KWEYU

Businessman Jared Otieno will be detained at Kileleshwa police station for seven days pending investigations into a fake gold scam.

The decision was announced on Friday by judge senior principal magistrate Paul Mayova.

Police had sought 14 days to complete investigations.

Otieno, who is accused of receiving Sh300 million fraudulently in a fake gold transaction, was arraigned  at Milimani law courts.

He was arrested on Wednesday night over claims he swindled foreigners in a gold export business deal.

"He is part of a wider gang and we are still pursuing others. These people are harmful to the economy since they are selling what does not exist," DCI George Kinoti said.

On Wednesday, a contingent of heavily armed policemen from the DCI raided Otieno’s home in Karen and towed away luxurious cars and carted away documents in boxes and computers.

It is not the first time Otieno has been linked to a fake gold scam.

On June 20, 2017, police arrested the businessman over claims he swindled foreigners in a gold export deal.

The flashy businessman had been arrested for obtaining money by pretending to be in a position to export gold from Kenya to foreign countries.