Several arrested in botched Ksh2.85B gold scam targeting Malaysian nationals

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 27 Dec, 2023 22:01 | 2 mins read
Several arrested in botched Ksh2.85B gold scam targeting Malaysian nationals
Several arrested in botched Ksh2.85B gold scam targeting Malaysian nationals PHOTO/DCI/X

Detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI) have arrested seven suspects linked to a botched Ksh2.85 billion gold scam targeting two foreigners from Malaysia.

In a statement on Wednesday, December 27, DCI noted that an intelligence report was relayed through the Kilimani Sub-County Criminal Investigations Officer of the deal that was underway after the duo landed in the country.

The sleuths swung into action following the suspects namely -Didier Muke (a Congolese with a pending court case over his passport), Brian Otiende, Patrick Otieno, Joshua Ngandi, Charles Vincent Njerenga (who is currently hospitalised), Mark Kabete (G4S) and Ken Kiboi (G4S) as they picked up the two foreigners from their hotel in Kilimani.

Using their company dubbed Rock Africa Minier, the scammers according to DCI had reached out to the duo via social media platforms since October 19, 2023, following a referral from one of their compliances in Cameroon.

"They had alleged to transact with them 500Kg of Gold at USD 19 million equivalent to Ksh2.85 billion. In the deal, the complainants had already sent USD6,350(Ksh990K) to members of the gang based in Cameroon who referred the two to their Kenyan accomplices," DCI noted.

Later, after picking up the two, they drove them to a private residence within Kileleshwa on the radar of the detectives.

"The scammers were trailed as they picked up the two foreigners from their hotel Four Points along Argwings Kodhek road in Kilimani using a Toyota Noah Reg No. KCW 835U. They were taken to an office in a private house along Mageta Road within Kileleshwa where the surveillance team followed closely before the main gate was shut locking them out," DCI said.

The detectives later managed to gain entry into the compound arresting all seven suspects including two who had tried to escape.

After the arrest, sleuths processed the scene and recovered several exhibits which include metallic boxes, 84 gold-coated metallic bars, smelting tools, computers, documents and stamps for Ace Point International Limited and assorted G4S uniforms.

They also recovered five motor vehicles: "...a Toyota Noah white in colour Reg no. KCW 835U, Toyota Crown black in colour Reg no. KDB 090W, Mercedes Benz white in colour Reg no. KCQ 138T, Toyota G-Touring white in colour Reg no. KAX 260R and a Toyota double cab Reg no. KCH 622T branded G4S."

DCI noted that all the exhibits have been secured and the suspects will be arraigned in court on Thursday, December 28, 2023.

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