Bloom Advocates, a law firm in the city, is under investigation for a USD 560,000 heist, according to reports.
The funds were allegedly stolen from KG Unlimited, a US law firm owned by Jim Bartholomay and Antonio Talib Mcdowell Sr. Both individuals had retired from senior positions at the international hotel chain Marriott International to pursue business at KG Unlimited. They claim that they were defrauded of nearly their entire lifetime savings.
KG Unlimited was reportedly lured into a fraudulent deal to supply water systems to the Government of Uganda by Lwanga Charles Ggongola and Kavuma Nicholas, operating through an extinct company called Kampala Consultants Group Limited.
KG Unlimited was convinced to incorporate a local company, Kolmer Distribution Services-SMC, which would supposedly be awarded the contract. Antonio Talib Mcdowell Sr. registered this company and nominated Lwanga Charles Ggongola and Kavuma Nicholas.
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KG Unlimited paid USD 560,000 as a performance guarantee for the contract through Bloom Advocates’ Managing Partner Jonathan Isiko.
However, both the law firm and Lwanga Charles Ggongola and Kavuma Nicholas allegedly cut off communications with KG Unlimited after receiving the funds.
Upon suspecting fraud, the American firm sought help from the American Embassy, which advised them to seek legal assistance.
When contacted, counsel Isiko, the Managing Partner of Bloom Advocates, declined to comment.