City lawyer charged in Ksh.100M fraud case

City lawyer charged in Ksh.100M fraud case
Philemon Morara, a city lawyer appears in court to face Ksh.100M fraud charges. Photo: Courtesy

A Nairobi court charged Philemon Morara, a city lawyer, with conspiracy to defraud on Thursday.

Mr.Morara appeared before Milimani law courts chief magistrate Francis Andayi.

Shandadpuri Ghansyam Choithram, who failed to appear in court to enter a plea to 13 counts, was also charged.

The businessman contracted Covid-19, according to his defense lawyer, and was recommended to stay in isolation.

Mr. Choithram and Mr. Morara are accused of conspiring to defraud the heirs of Suresh and Narain (both deceased) shares in the company while posing as directors and external lawyers for Global Apparels Kenya (EPZ) Limited-GAK (EPZ) Ltd, respectively.

The shares benefited Shahdadpuri Chanshyam Choithram, according to the director of public prosecutions (DPP).

The crime was committed between October 16, 2016, and June 13, 2018, according to the evidence presented in court.

Morara and Choithram are accused of forging a transfer deed on June 18, 2018, claiming it was signed by the late Suresh Lakhian and Narian Choithram Shahdadpuri.

The lawyer pleaded not guilty and was released on Ksh. 500,000 shillings cash bail and ordered to appear in court on May 13 when hearing dates will be set.

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