Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Land fraudsters arrested after bribery attempt within DCI HQ

Two land fraudsters have been arrested after attempting to bribe an investigation officer at the DCI Mazingira Complex premises.

“Jackson Mwangi Wambui, a renowned serial land fraudster believed to be part of a dreaded well-organized land grabbing cartel that targets elderly white residents in posh Nairobi suburbs is in our custody following his arrest yesterday at the DCI Mazingira Complex premises.

Mwangi and his accomplice,… Macharia, were arrested after showing up at the Land Fraud Investigations Unit (LFIU) offices to influence an investigating officer (IO) to go slow on a case in which they are accused of attempting to grab a 0.2026 hactares parcel of land at Thome V area.” said DCI

The fraudsters requested for two months to allow them obtain fake papers before they could be taken to court in regard to the parcel of land under investigation.

“In the daring bribery attempt to the country’s highest criminal investigations agency, all Jackson Mwangi sought from the investigator was a two-month delay in the ongoing investigations, within which he would have obtained a “fake original” documentation of the land. Unbeknownst to the suspects, their names have for years been on the Unit’s radar of the most notorious land fraudsters in the country.

fter acquiring the proper documents of the parcel, detectives found out that the land belonged to a deceased Kenyan whose wife and two children were being threatened by Jackson’s ring, after they reported the matter at Kasarani Police Station. Within the period, Jackson was (and still is) battling a similar case of grabbing involving a parcel of land at Runda.

Once in the office, they pleaded with him to halt the investigation process as they had found a way of acquiring fake documents, but they needed January and February to wind up the process. “You can then take us to court any time in March. We will know how to handle it there,” they said.

For the favour, Macharia placed Sh200,000 on the table as a tip to the officer, all this time unaware that the office they had been ushered into had mounted cameras that recorded all the ongoings. DCI Operations detectives moved in and whisked them away with the exhibits for processing and arraignment.

This morning, the case file bearing the appropriate charges was forwarded to the ODPP in Kiambu for directions to have the suspects appear in court. The ODPP directed the IO to release the two on Sh200,000 cash bail to allow the office enough time to peruse the file.” said DCI

The two are also behind the attempted grabbing of Mr. Richard Hooper’s Karen home in January 18, 2023 where he personated to be the Deputy OCS Karen Police Station.

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