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Extortion racket impersonating KRA Officials nabbed demanding sh.500,000 bribe

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The notorious extortion racketeering group popular to intimidate businessmen, unsuspecting victims of non-existing deals with damaging documents, tenders, jobs and all manner of shady deals for quick cash in the city have been arrested.

Three men were arrested on Friday august 28th 2020 and are being held by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for allegedly receiving a Sh500,000 bribe from a businessman they accused of involvement in tax evasion. Erick Otieno Atanga, Joel Omino and John Odhiambo, disguised themselves to be Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officials.

The victim of bribery, the Patiala Distillers Director Francis Kielelo was allegedly threatened with a dossier from Kenya Tax Justice Association – an NGO and subsequently demanded that amount of money from him. The imposters claimed the document exposed Mr Kielelo’s alleged tax evasion schemes following investigations by the NGO.

The imposters manipulated the director through WhatsApp by sharing with him explosive letters, threatening to leak his business’ secrets and policies if he failed to yield to extortion scheme.

Patiala Distillers Director Francis Kielelo, the target of extortion reported the matter to Nairobi area DCI head offices.

In a ploy to hoodwink the fraudsters through the affidavit filed at the Kibera Law Courts, Sergeant Samuel Macharia of the Nairobi area DCI headquarters confirmed that Mr. Kielelo gave police the money which was first treated and photographed and then took it to the three suspects during a meeting at a city hotel.

“He met them at Java Airport View petrol station where he handed over the money in a white envelope after a short conversation, Kielelo was handed a letter purported to be from KRA and the Kenya Tax Justice Association after handing over the money. CCTV footage shows Atanga opening the envelope to confirm if all the money was in.” Sgt Macharia stated.

The suspects were then arrested and more documents impounded in Mr. Omino’s car with details of Mr. Kielelo and his company.

The sleuths intend to handover the suspects’ phones to the Cyber Crime Unit for analysis, and recover more documents supplied to Mr. Kielelo as well as the machines that generated them. Detectives also endeavours to visit the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to establish ownership of the vehicle – KCX 869N – the three used in stage-managed meeting.

The suspects are being held at Kileleshwa Police Station as further investigations continues.


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