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DCI Nab Fraudsters With 3,000 SIM Cards

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Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Friday July 31 arrested three suspects who have been defrauding M-PESA operators across the country.

The three identified as Jacktone Odhiambo Opondo, Millicent Wanjiru Maina and John Karuku Kabue were arrested in separate locations.

Odhiambo was nabbed at Belbur Nobility flats which are located at Egerton in Njoro- Nakuru County.

The SIM cards recovered from the fraudsters by the DCI. Source: Twitter

3,000 SIM cards some of them registered and others unregistered were found in his house.

The same officers moved to Juja in Kiambu County where Maina and Kabue were nabbed.

Detectives said they were accomplices of the first suspect.

“It has been established that the gang has been getting ID numbers from a loans App known as Scoppe, and thereafter using the same to illegally register the acquired sim card,” part of the statement read.

The trio approach M-PESA agents pretending to sell SIM Cards and other products at discounted prices, and in the process switch the agents’ M-PESA phones before flushing the float.

MPESA shops in Kenya. Source: File

The three have since been placed in custody awaiting further procedures.

DCI has been constantly warning members of the public against such fraudsters since the year started in a series of posts on its Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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