December 1, 2023

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A woman at the center of money fraud syndicate in Nakuru, Nairobi Mombasa and Meru will now spend five more days in custody pending police investigations.

This is after Mombasa resident Magistrate Rita Orora yesterday allowed the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) plea to continue holding the prime suspect, Ann Wanjiku Maina alias Anita at Moi international airport Police station to enable police complete investigations into the syndicate.

“I find that the application by the state seeking more time to continue holding the suspect has merit. I therefore order her to be detained at Moi international airport police station for five days pending completion of the ongoing investigations over allegations of obtaining money by false pretenses,” Orora ordered.

While seeking to have police allowed to hold Wanjiku further, State prosecutor Victor Simbi told the court that the detectives are investigating her in connection with obtaining money, forgery of documents and making documents without authority.

An affidavit filed in court by investigating officer Reuben Nyongesa states that Wanjiku was arrested on September 14, 2023 by a multi-agency team of officers at Qwetu Beach in Likoni Mombasa where she had gone to collect the balance from the complainants and booked at Moi International airport police station before the matter was taken over by DCl detectives.

He also informed the court that police are hunting Wanjiku’s accomplices who have conned many individuals across the country on the pretext that she would secure them employment and travel Visas to various middle East countries.

She is said to have closed her office in Ngara area Nairobi and fled to Mombasa where she’s been operating “a briefcase travel agency”, according to the detectives.

“The responded was nabbed at Qwetu Beach in Likoni Mombasa where she had gone to collect the balance from the complainants.

The report was made by Cedric Mutiso and Alvin Kelly Mwangi at Moi international airport Police Station that they had gone to her office to secure travel Visas where she advised them to make a deposit of Kshs.70,000 and the balance of Kshs.140,000 to be paid upon delivery of the relevant travel tickets and Visas which they did,” Nyongesa stated.

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