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Lawyer charged with Sh18m land deals fraud

BUSIA
By | April 4th 2009

By Wahome Thuku

A lawyer has been charged with fraudulently obtaining more than Sh18 million in land deals.

Among those he allegedly conned is soccer star Dennis Oliech, who parted with Sh2.9 million for a plot.

He reportedly got another Sh1.8 million from a law firm owned by Mandera Central MP Abdikadir Mohammed and Sh14 million from a city businessman.

The lawyer, Mr David Ronald Ngala Odhock, was also charged with attempting to obtain Sh29 million from Oliech and forging land documents.

Police claim they are investigating other criminal cases in which Odhock is implicated.

The lawyer was accused of obtaining Sh2.9 million from Mr Levi Nyongesa Wanyama, who is Oliech’s agent, on September 25, last year, pretending he could sell him a prime plot worth Sh29 million in Kileleshwa estate, Nairobi.

One on one

He allegedly tried to obtain the full amount from Oliech on October 14. The offences were committed at View Park Towers, Nairobi.

Odhock was also accused of obtaining money from Ahmednassir, Abdikadir Company Advocates, last year, pretending he could sell them land worth Sh18 million in Eastleigh, Nairobi.

The lawyer has since been struck off the roll of advocates and was arrested by Anti-Banking Fraud Unit officers on Tuesday.

After interrogation, he was handed over to the CID at Central Police Station. He was arraigned before Nairobi Senior Principal Magistrate Cecilia Githua yesterday, where he denied the charges.

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