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Kenyan in Sh37B scam to sell Diani resort & other properties to repay U.S. gov't

A U.S. court has allowed a Kenyan suspect to return to Kenya and sell his property including a resort in Diani

Liban Alishire

One of the suspects involved in a scheme to defraud the U.S. government of $250 million (Sh37.6 billion), Liban Alishire, has been granted permission by Judge Nancy Brasel to travel to Kenya for 30 days.

The purpose of the trip is to facilitate the sale of properties allegedly purchased with the ill-gotten gains from the fraud scheme.

Alishire, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering in January 2023, confessed to fraudulently claiming $2.4 million (Sh361 million) in federal child nutrition program funds.


His companies, according to prosecutors, falsely reported serving meals to approximately 2,700 children daily, seven days a week.

Prosecutors contend that Alishire utilized the embezzled funds to acquire a Ford F150 truck, a boat, and a trailer, along with a 5-bedroom apartment unit and Karibu Palms Resort in Diani.

In January, Alishire agreed to forfeit $712,084 (Sh107 million) cash.

Despite his guilty plea, Alishire now seeks permission to sell the properties for a higher sum than the government could.


Federal prosecutors objected to the motion, citing Alishire's potential motive to flee.

Facing a possible 41 to 51 months in prison for his role in the fraud scheme, Alishire's ownership of multiple properties in Kenya and having a 6-year-old daughter in nearby Uganda heightens concerns about flight risk.

Despite the opposition, the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office supported a one-month trip with stringent conditions.

Alishire must provide full details of the trip in advance and return his passport within 24 hours of coming back to Minnesota.


In Judge Brasel's order, she emphasized the importance of Alishire maintaining contact with his attorney during his time abroad.


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