Ukrainian national Swindled Sh132m in Gold Scam

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Kovalenko Hennadii

A Ukrainian national is fighting for justice after being conned millions of shillings in a fake gold scam.

Kovalenko Hennadii (pictured) lost almost Sh132 million to fake gold scammers right in the heart of the city.

In October 2016, Hennadii and an acquaintance went to Kampala, Uganda where he was introduced to a gold dealer who hails from Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to Hennadii, the dealer had 350kg gold nuggets and they agreed at a price of Sh3,088,500 ($30,000) for every kilogramme of gold. They signed a contract and made necessary arrangements to ship it to Dubai.

“In November we flew to Dubai, when we arrived we didn’t find the ‘consignment’. I returned to Uganda,” said Hennadii.

All efforts to ship this ‘consignment’ failed after Hennadii had spent money to get a non-criminal certificate in Uganda and authorisations from DRC and Belgium.

This is when the dealer suggested to him to ship the gold through Kenya since according to the Ugandan, Kenya is an honest country and it will be easier to ship gold from there.

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