The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI)‘s Serious Crime Unit detectives have arrested three people suspected of defrauding M-Pesa operators of their cash.
The suspects were seized on Friday, 31st July, in Njoro, Nakuru County, and Juja in Kiambu County.
According to the DCI, more than 3,000 Safaricom lines, both registered and unregistered, were recovered.
Following intelligence leads, the detectives pounced on Jacktone Odhiambo Opondo at Belbur Nobility Flats at Egerton in Njoro, Nakuru County, in whose house the sim cards were reportedly found.
The team extended its operation to Juja, where 31-year-old Millicent Wanjiru Maina and John Karuku Kabue were apprehended at Muigai Inn, for allegedly being accomplices of the first suspect.
“It has been established that the gang has been getting national identity numbers from a loans App known as Scoppe, and using it to illegally register the acquired sim cards,” said the DCI.
“To execute their fraud, the suspects approach M-Pesa agents purporting to sell sim cards and other products at discounted prices, and then switch the agents’ M-Pesa phones before flushing their float.”
The three are in custody for processing and other legal procedures.