The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) sleuths have arrested two men who were impersonating First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
The DCI wrote
Brian Osoro Nyariki & Duke Sabungi Ongweso, had opened a fake Facebook Account impersonating the First Lady where they duped tens of people into sending them money with the promise that they would receive the COVID-19 stipend promised by government.
Two Personation suspects; Brian Osoro Nyariki & Duke Sabungi Ongweso (both 22yrs) were early today arrested in Kisii by DCI Detectives following multiple cases of online fraud where many have fallen victims in the hope of being enlisted for stipends to cope with Covid-19.
While personating a prominent lady in Kenya, the two opened four fake Facebook accounts with which they lured vulnerable members of the public to register with at least Ksh. 599 for consideration in a false ongoing issuance of Ksh. 30,000 stipend to cope with the pandemic.
Once the money is received, the duo- who use multiple pseudo accounts to post on the page as having benefitted from the aid- block their victims as they use several sim cards to receive the cash.
Several victims had been successfully defrauded prompting a manhunt for the two, in whose possession were recovered 53 Airtel and three Telecom simcards.
Appropriate charges to be preferred on the two including Publication of False Information contrary to Section 23 of Computer Misuse and Cyber Crime Act & Obtaining Money by False pretence contrary to Section 313 of the Penal Code.