The Special Service Unit (SSU) detectives on Saturday September 26 arrested four youthful men accused of conning a foreign national out of his Ksh29 million in fake gold deal.
The suspects were apprehended at Kasarani Sub-County in Nairobi as announced by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Twitter.
SSU detectives have arrested four suspects at Kasarani in Nairobi County for obtaining money by false pretence.
This is after the suspects obtained over Sh. 29 Million from an unsuspecting client, on the pretext that they would sell him gold. pic.twitter.com/xipkOF7Y1N
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) September 26, 2020
The suspects identified as Eric Otieno, Antony Achieng, George Kinuthia Mbugua and Arthur Caleb Otieno will be arraigned on Monday, September 28.
The four are alleged to have obtained Ksh29 million from a foreigner under the pretext that they could sell him gold. The alleged conning occurred between April 1, 2019 and February 28, 2020.
The suspects are believed to have impersonated DCI officers, and convinced their target that they had been sent by a senior DCI official to sell the gold to the victim.
The victim, whose nationality wasn’t revealed by authorities at the time, parted with Ksh29 million believing he was dealing with legitimate traders.
However, after successfully obtaining Ksh29 million from the victim, the four continued to demand money from the foreigner until their arrest on Saturday.
Their arrests came two days after a suspected fraudster, Innocent Oundo Silingi, was arrested by DCI detectives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) while attempting to fly out of the country to Dubai.
Silingi was said to have acquired money by false pretense. For instance, he was acting as a director of Project Capital solutions thus obtained Ksh10 million on false pretense.
He reportedly claimed that he would arrange for letters of credit, discounting of documents facility for suppliers and credit funding program.
“Further, the suspect claimed he would also finance the supply of both the project and working capital under certain terms and condition,” read the statement at the time.
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