DCI detectives have arrested eight suspects in connection to a USD 439 trillion mega fraud targeting two foreign businessmen in Nairobi.
Suspected stolen jungle fatigues for APS officers, military boots, customs reflector jackets are among the items recovered by the detectives including boxes stashed with the fake dollars.
“In this orchestrated fraudulent scheme, the foreigners were contacted through a WhatsApp call by a number registered in the name ‘Canopy Shield Agencies’, by a caller who informed them that their consignment of 40 pallets had been held at the Kenya Customs Warehouse pending duty fee payment of USD 36,000.
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Allegedly, the complainants had entered into a cash on transit deal involving USD 439 trillion destined for Dubai from the Central Bank of Togo.” said DCI
The foreigners had been contacted that the first batch of USD 4 billion had been packaged and ready for delivery if they would complete the facilitation fee.
They then opted to come to Kenya to ensure that things were going as planned, a period which the detectives had gotten wind of the deal and pounced on the suspects inside a warehouse in Nairobi.
“As the eight suspects got busy around the warehouse convincing their targets to part with the USD 36,000, the operations team stormed the premises.
Moses Otieno, Peter Aura, Brian Waweru, John Kalombo, Peter Kisanya, Noah Ouma, Charity Njeri and Mercy Cheptoo were all cornered and led away into police cells. The operation is ongoing with the two foreign nationals being investigatively interviewed to shed light on the business deal in question.” said DCI