A 49-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman are being held at the Kerugoya Police Station in Kirinyaga County after they were arrested for allegedly committing fraud by impersonating an investigations officer.
According to the head of Kirinyaga Central Investigation Department Peter Ochieng, the duo were arrested by officers attached at the Kerugoya Police Station in a rental house within Pop-in Estate in Kerugoya town on Friday morning after a long term public outcry .
According to Ochieng, the two, Daniel Maina James and Mercy Muthoni are believed to have been colluding to defraud innocent members of the public their hard earned money by purporting to be in a position to help them get employed in various public organizations as well as help them secure land.
Prior to their arrest, the suspects are said to have barred the officers from accessing their house but through the landlord’s intervention the officers were able to gain access where they not only arrested the suspects but also recovered numerous items believed to have been used in carrying out the dubious activity.
Among the items recovered were scanned education documents, application letters, Identity cards, P3 forms, good conduct certificates and three phones.
“The members of the public reported to us about how they have lost important items to the man after promising them he was in a position to help them buy land as well as secure employment in various companies,” Ochieng said.
He further added, “Through our department, we quickly swung into action by raiding his house where our officers arrested the man in company of the woman identified as Mercy Muthoni who claims to be the man’s niece but we suspect she is the girlfriend.”
Ochieng says the two shall help in unearthing more suspects believed to be part of the wider web of criminals defrauding innocent citizens across the county.
The sub-county investigations boss added that the suspects shall be held at the Kerugoya police station till Monday when they shall be arraigned at a Kerugoya court.
“Their arrest is a big breakthrough as it shall assist in arresting more suspects conducting such criminal acts .We want to ensure that they all face the full force of the law,”he said.
He further urged the members of the public who might have lost any of their documents to the suspected fraudsters to show up at the investigation’s department at the Kerugoya police station so as to recover their property.