ree in court as Mantrac loses Sh100 million to counterfeits

Three Italians believed to be in thecountry illegally were yesterday arraigned in the Milimani courts on allegations of selling counterfeit generators and being in possession of altered documents with intent to defraud consumers.

Mantrac is crying foul, saying the counterfeit machines cost the firm over Sh100 million in losses.

Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi ruled that the three be remanded at the Industrial Area police station until tomorrow when he will issue a final judgment on whether to release them on bail or not.

The option to award them bail was ruled out based on what the investigation officer, Musa Amakobe, termed a flight risk since the accused were found in possession of return tickets to Italy that showed they were to leave last Saturday morning.

The ruling follows a case filed by one Abdul Aziz Gachau after the accused persons sold him two generators branded Caterpillar diesel power of 15KVA. Gachau reported the case at Industrial Area police station.

The three, Loffredo Antonio, Criscuolo Alfredo and Cisruolo Giuseppe made a business catalogue booklet in the name of Caterpillar SARL Company purporting it to be genuine catalogue issued by Caterpillar SARL Company.

Court documents seen by the Star, reveal that the three, who purpoted to be employees of Caterpillar from Sweden, were arrested last week, Giuseppe was arrested at Maasai Mall in Rongai with two Caterpillar branded diesel generators valued at Sh260,000, he has been charged with being in possession of counterfeit goods.

Antonio and Alfredo were arrested at Waridi apartments within Kilimani area, they were charged with altering a document, Caterpillar Milton invoice number 3097, on June 22, at Oilibya along Enterprise road in the Industrial Area with intent to defraud contrary to section 357(b) of the penal code.

Mantrac Kenya Limited, the sole authorized dealer of Caterpillar products has distanced itself from authorizing the three Italians and disowned having such products in the Market.

“Neither Caterpillar nor Mantrac has independent or freelance sales agents and all our sales, and sales agents are handled directly by our sales team from one of our three offices countrywide,” Mantrac Administrator John Kiiri said. The authorizer has also noted a rising demand for standby power to support industries against the current shortfall in supply from the national grid.

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