14 suspects arrested with fake gold, cash in police operation in Nairobi
SEE ALSO :Fake gold probe on, says DCIThe foreigners were named as Ruhota Kabagale (Congolese), Manson Chogga Mtassi (Tanzanian), Chukunosho Francis Ogbuanu (Nigerian), Konie Kalist (Tanzania) while the Kenyans were Boniface Mtwasi, Robert Riagah, Caleb Otieno and Michael Omondi. Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said they also recovered Zambian Kwachas and over 100 kilograms of fake gold nuggets. The operation came hours after six suspects were Monday arrested and 50 kilogrammes of fake gold found on them in Kilimani area, Nairobi. The suspects include four Rwandese and two Kenyans. The fake gold was to fetch Sh75 million from a man from Dubai who wanted to buy it. They had removed part of the consignment from their godown at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and took it to their offices on Lenana Road when police struck.
SEE ALSO :Ukrainian swindled Sh132m in gold scamSeveral documents recovered from their offices showed that they had intended to sell the gold nuggets to a number of clients. The suspects arrested with Egide included Niyitegeka Sevelin, Zilimwabagabu Jacques, and Ngaragura Emmanuel, all Rwandese and Kenyans, Grace Wairimu Macharia said to be an office assistant and Erascos Katiku Josiah. They were expected in court where police said they wanted to continue to hold them to enable them to investigate the matter. Kilimani police boss Michael Muchiri appealed to members of the public who might have been conned by the suspects to report to the police for action. The fraudsters in the business have established a strong network involving rogue bank and airport officials. This comes barely a month since DCI officers impounded Sh2 billion in fake currency at a Barclays Bank safe box in Nairobi in which four suspects were arrested among them the owner Erick Adede. On April 10, Adede pleased not guilty and told the court that the money was genuine asking the judge to compel DCI to produce the cash. He was, however, freed on Sh1 million cash bail and the rest of the suspects on Sh300,000.. The case will be heard on May 9. Despite reported cases of people being defrauded hundreds of millions of shillings, a number of gold fraudsters have continued conning gullible foreigners by selling them fake gold. Officials revealed two foreigners are in the country, on the invitation of a known gold fraudster who has promised to sell them gold.
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