Wednesday, July 24, 2024

11 suspects arrested over vehicle registration fraud at NTSA

DCI detectives have arrested 11 suspects in connection to high-level motor vehicle registration fraud at the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).

“11 suspects have been arrested by detectives in connection to a high-level motor vehicle registration fraud, at the National Transport and Safety Authority.

This is after detectives conducted a comprehensive system audit of the NTSA Transport Integrated Management System (TIMS) after suspecting that crooked NTSA officials were operating back office accounts to register motor vehicles fraudulently.” said DCI

One of the suspects arrested was Jimmy Kibet Wayans who introduced vehicles in the TIMS system and changed there chassis number fraudulently. The detectives also an account belonging to a former ICT officer had been reactivated months after he had resigned.

“In the ongoing probe conducted by Cybercrime sleuths based at the National Forensic Laboratory, the main suspect identified as Jimmy Kibet Wayans, was arrested at a house in Lavington where he operated a suspicious account that had infiltrated the TIMS system to illegally introduce vehicles.

For instance, in the months of March and April alone, 47 vehicles had their chassis changed while 54 were fraudulently added into the system, laying bare the extent of the fraud perpetuated by the criminals.

Further investigations reveal that the suspect who is not an employee of NTSA had major back office roles and was in control of several other fictitious user accounts in the NTSA system.

Detectives are also investigating how a deactivated account belonging to a former ICT officer at NTSA was reactivated and was being used for back office transactions, several months after he had tendered his resignation in July 2022.

Following the revelation, three NTSA employees Anthony Waithaka, David Migwi and David Kimaren were also arrested, in the elaborate criminal enterprise that also involves officials from the Kenya Revenue Authority.

So far, one suspect from KRA identified as Boniface Njoroge has been arrested as detectives burn the midnight candle to bring all the suspects involved in this high level fraud denying the government the much needed revenue to book. Also arrested were Denis Wafula, Anthony Kariuki and Marvin Renisi. Others are Julius Kiprop, Amos Muthaki and Caleb Odiambo.” said DCI

Members of the public have been warned against sourcing the services of brokers to process their motor vehicle logbooks, reflective plates and driving licenses but instead use the TIMS system.

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