The Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Tuesday nabbed 5 fake gold merchants.
The five-member gang, which included men and women, are said to have defrauded a Korean national Sh2.9 million.
“Five suspects are in custody after defrauding a Korean national Sh2.9 Million, on the pretext that they would sell him gold. The five were arrested by serious crimes detectives, following a complain by one Song Sung, who had initially been shown some well parked bars that he was made to believe were made of gold,” the DCI statement said in part.
The gang used a firm by the name Ekweme Enterprises to carry out the fraud.
Following an upsurge in similar cases, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations is cautioning foreigners intending to venture into the gold business, to be on the lookout for fraudsters out to steal from them. #FichuakwaDCI 0800 722 203. pic.twitter.com/BssU0VNyZx
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) December 7, 2021
“The suspect had earlier been directed to a company known as Ekweme enterprises in the leafy Karen suburbs, where he was shown the supposed gold. He was led to the establishment by proxies believed to have been working in cahoots with the fraudsters, who immediately went into hiding after receiving the money. After completing their initial investigations, serious crimes detectives decoyed the five suspects into a snare and arrested all of them. Robinson Gitau, 35, Livai Kombo, 39, Fatuma Mohammed, 28, Eva Kimotho, 36 and a Cameroonian national Utia Kugi, 36, were arrested in the operation. Boxes containing fake gold bars concealed in steel boxes were recovered. The suspects are currently in custody awaiting arraignment,” DCI revealed.
Kenya has been a land of fake gold merchants led by Jared Otieno alias Smith McEnzie.