James Jeff Mugisha, aged 34, and Godfrey Maviri, aged 38, both self-employed individuals, appeared before Kampala Capital City Authority City (KCCA) Hall Grade One Magistrate Rehema Nassozi Ssebowa, where they faced charges related to an alleged gold scam.
Despite the charges brought against them, the accused vehemently pleaded not guilty.
Charges and Court Proceedings
The trial magistrate, Nassozi, explained to the accused that they could be granted bail.
However, the duo informed the court that they lacked suitable sureties, resulting in their remand to Luzira prison until October 25.
Mugisha and Maviri are accused of two charges, including obtaining money by false pretense, a violation of section 305 of the Penal Code Act, and conspiracy to commit a felony, as per section 390 of the Penal Code Act.
Prosecutor Ms. Mercy Yamangusho Khaidarah informed the court that the investigations in the case have concluded.
Nevertheless, since there are other suspects still at large, she requested the court schedule the next mention date, allowing time for their apprehension.
The Alleged Scam
According to the charge sheet, the accused, along with others who are yet to be apprehended, conspired between August 2021 and November 2021.
Their alleged fraudulent activities took place at the offices of M/S NSB Advocates along Parliamentary Avenue in Kampala City.
The group purportedly deceived Mr. Hyun UK Kim into believing that they were selling 53 kilograms of gold.
Court documents reveal that Mugisha initially contacted Mr. Hyun and introduced him to the supposed gold seller, facilitated by the seller’s son and interpreter.
The meetings eventually led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, with Mr. Hyun making a $208,000 deposit.
However, instead of arranging for land transportation, the complainant was asked to pay an additional $62,000 for Cargo Flight Insurance.
These transactions took place at M/S NSB advocates and legal consultants.
Moreover, a search at Maviri’s residence uncovered six kilograms of suspected gold nuggets, adding a new dimension to the case.
The two men are now facing serious allegations related to obtaining money through fraudulent means and conspiracy.
As the legal proceedings continue, more details are expected to emerge. We will keep you updated on this developing story.