Detectives from the Special Service Unit have arrested four suspects in Kasarani, Nairobi County for obtaining Sh29 million from an unsuspecting client on the pretext that they would sell him gold.
A statement from the DCI states that the four individuals approached a foreign national pretending to be officers from the DCI alleging to sell gold on behalf of a senior DCI officer. The scam took place on diverse dates from from 1st April 2019 to 28 Feb 2020.
The four suspects, Eric Otieno, Antony Achieng, George Kinuthia Mbugua and Arthur Caleb Otieno continued demanding for more money from the same victim up to the time of their arrest.
The arrest comes just a few weeks after the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Kevin Omwenga over an alleged similar gold deal that had gone sour.
It is not a new trend, with recent fake gold scandals seeing the high and mighty in the Kenyan political scene getting dragged into these syndicates from time to time.
In 2018, DP Ruto was at the center of a furious diplomatic row with the Democratic Republic of Congo who said that his chopper was used to smuggle up to 5 tonnes of expensive solid gold out of Congo and into Kenya. The gold was reportedly worth a staggering $138 million (Sh14 billion).
In 2019, the royal family in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also filed a complaint against top officials in Kenya. The family said they had been defrauded of millions in dollars.
The four are being detained and will be arraigned in Court on Monday.