December 1, 2023

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DCI’s Operations Support Unit detectives have nabbed eight suspects in a USD 439 Trillion mega fraud targeting two foreign businessmen from Netherlands.

In the ongoing operation at a warehouse located in Nairobi, several boxes stashed with fake US dollars, suspected stolen jungle fatigues for APS officers, military boots, customs reflector jackets among other recoveries have also being seized.

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.

Allegedly, the complainants had entered into a cash on transit deal involving USD 439 trillion destined for Dubai from the Central Bank of Togo.

The caller who posed as a customs officer convinced the complainants that the first batch of 40 pallets contained USD 4 billion and that they were being flown through Kenya to facilitate their clearance and smooth entry to Dubai.

Booking a flight to the country, the foreign nationals landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) hoping to clear the required duty fee at once.

Unbeknownst to the fraudsters that detectives had got wind of the ongoings, a contact person led the two foreigners at the warehouse where the purported consignment was being held.

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.

Currently, the operation is ongoing with the two foreign nationals being investigatively interviewed to shed light on the business deal in question.

Written By: Peter Maseke

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