DCI’s appeal in hunt for two fraud suspects

Thursday, November 12th, 2020 00:00 |
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Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has launched investigations into a fraud involving millions of shillings by suspects posing as United Nations staff.

The gang, including a man and a woman who DCI has listed as wanted persons, are also being sought for bank fraud offences.

Yesterday, DCI placed a notice in newspapers indicating that Gerald Mwai and Gladys Kamau, holders of national ID card number 23463386 and 27293605 respectively, following a warrant of arrest issued by the Milimani Court on October 16.

“Any person with information that will lead to the arrest of the two named suspects are asked to contact DCI Headquarters-ECCU section, the nearest police station, call or SMS 0773004776,” the DCI wrote.

The two are said to have been duping unsuspecting businessmen of non-existing tenders at the UN.

Victims are issued with Local Purchase Orders (LPO) after parting with some money.

Tendered goods

Gullible victims would be directed on where to purchase the tendered goods, especially drugs and rice, but told to only pay and wait for them to be delivered.

Some of the victims told detectives that since access to the UN compound was restricted, they were convinced to surrender the goods to a team of ‘UN staff’ to deliver.

The fraudsters would then disappear with the goods. The DCI, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has written to the UN to establish the authenticity of the LPOs and stamps used on the invoices and delivery notes.

Suspects are also said to have been behind several bank frauds. The Banking Fraud Investigations Unit is currently investigating the cases.

According to DCI, there has been a surge in such fraud in the last few months. Some of the suspects are colluding with bank employees.

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