Mpesa Fraudsters arrested. (Courtesy)

Two Mpesa fraudsters were arrested on Tuesday, September 17, by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, following a tip from public members. The two were arrested in Machakos County by a combined team from the police and DCI detectives.

The two suspects, 23-year-old Kevin Sagini Oroko and 27-year-old Dominic Otiso Nyabuto, who are said to have terrorized area residents, were nabbed from their hideout in Miwani Estate within Machakos town.

(Courtesy/ DCI)

According to the DCI, several items were recovered after searching in one of the suspect’s houses. The items found included 600 assorted Safaricom and Airtel sim cards, 96 Kenyan national Identity Cards bearing different names, Six mobile handsets, KCB Inua Jamii Cash Transfer Cards, 16 Bank agent transaction registers, two gambling machines, a laptop, and other electronic equipment.

The two suspects are currently in custody awaiting arraignment.

Courtesy/ DCI

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Early last month, a notorious criminal gang of three was arrested for defrauding Mpesa operators countrywide. The Nakuru Criminal Investigations Officer Michael Mwenze said the arrest came following numerous complaints from the public. During the arrest, over 3,000 sim cards were recovered.

Officer Mwenze said the fraudsters would approach Mpesa operators and pretended to be dealers selling them sim cards.

“Preliminary investigations reveal that the gang has been getting identification numbers from a loan App and uses the same to illegally register acquired mobile phone sim cards,” said Officer Mwenze.