Couple arrested for allegedly conning Nairobi woman Ksh.11M in fake diamonds deal
Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested a couple believed to be part of a fake diamonds ring that has been defrauding unsuspecting victims.
According to the DCI, the two; Peter Mboya and Redempta Nduku, swindled a Nairobi-based woman who works as a management consultant over Ksh.11 million in a diamonds scam.
Crime Research and Serious Crime detectives also recovered from the couple Ksh.19 million in fake U.S dollars, which was concealed in a briefcase.
This followed a report filed by the complainant after what first appeared to be a lucrative deal turned sour.
The woman was tricked into the dubious trade by one engineer Irungu, who introduced her to an alleged Botswana national Peter Malobe.
The said man turned out to be an established dealer in the export of diamonds to an Australian based company, known as BHP.
"All the complainant needed to do was be part of the diamonds export business to start reaping big from it and establish a financial empire. Finding the deal too sweet to decline, the woman swallowed the bait and that marked the beginning of her current financial predicament," said the DCI in a statement.
The woman was tricked into parting with huge sums of money which she was told was meant for license acquisition from the ministry of Mining, customs and clearance fees for the diamonds, penalties, stamps and transfer fees among other charges that kept coming up every step of the way especially when she demanded payment.
"By the time she realized that she was a victim of shenanigans, from the usual ‘Kanairo’ scammers who have sent many back to the village, she had lost a total of Ksh.11 million," added the DCI.
The two suspects are set to be arraigned on charges of obtaining money by false pretences.