Detectives based at Shauri Moyo police station, Nairobi County, are investigating a case where a Kenyan citizen from Minnesota lost his hard-earned money to a man who posed as an interior designer in Nairobi.
Michael Muindu who is the investigative officer in the case appeared at Makadara Law Courts seeking 10 days extension to hold Stanley Mwendwa in police custody until the investigations are done.
Mwendwa is being accused of having obtained Ksh800,000 fraudulently from Hamun Ibrahim Harak.
Harak who works in Minnesota, USA, wanted to have his Darisa site be designed interiorly by a professional.
It was during his search for a professional in interior design that Harak found Mwendwa through his Facebook page.
Harak immediately sprung into action and consulted Mwendwa, where the two exchanged numbers for communication.
The court was also told that the transaction of money and communication happened between September 1 and October 19, 2021.
It is during this moment that Mwendwa informed Harak that he was in a position to work on the required work given he was a certified interior designer.
Mwendwa was supposed to travel to Harak's Garissa site, which prompted the Minnesota based man to travel back to Kenya and meet with the suspect, who produced an agreement for the work at the site showing the cost as Ksh 1.6 million.
"Harak credited a down payment of Ksh 800, 000 into the account in the names of Chiland Homes, Mwendwa, however, went underground and never to be heard from again despite Harak calling him severally to no avail," investigative officer Muindu said.
Muindu urged the court to grant him orders to access books of accounts in the name Chiland Homes held at Cooperative Bank Parliament road to be able to inspect thoroughly.
The investigative officer also asked the court to be allowed to investigate and obtain information from the said bank account statements and copies of cheques cleared for the stated period.
The court granted the orders as applied.