Police have arrested a 50-year-old man who is accused of defrauding a nursing home of more than Ksh948,000.
According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Samuel Mwendwa Mutua’s company, World Freight Logistics Limited, was in 2020 contracted by St Joseph’s Maternity and Nursing Home in Nakuru’s Molo Sub-County, to import hospital equipment.
The equipment, which was to be shipped in from China, included hospital beds, mortuary machines, theatre beds and a dental chair.
The hospital on 6th November 2020 paid Ksh407,000 from its Equity Bank account into the suspect’s company’s account as freight charges.
The payments were made after the China-based vendor consolidated the shipment into a 40-feet container and settled it on Oceanus Intn’l Logistics (Shenzen) Co Ltd as guided by the suspect.
When the goods arrived on 8th December, 2020, the hospital applied for a clearance permit from the Pharmacy and Poisons Board before releasing Ksh158,200 to the suspect’s bank account being shipping line charges and container deposits.
An extra Ksh383,000 was on 4th April 2021 sent to the suspect to cater for Kenya Ports Authority rent and the World Freight Logistics agency fee, the latter amounting to Ksh183,000.
“It was after receiving the entire amount of Ksh948,200 that the suspect went missing after a series of false promises that his company would deliver the goods to the hospital.
“The hospital would later contact DCI’s Complaints Directorate after learning that not only had the suspect defrauded them, but also had their shipment been auctioned for overstaying at the Embakasi ICD,” the DCI said.
Investigations conducted by the DCI established that having received the Ksh948,200 from the hospital, the suspect neither paid the freight charges to Oceanus Co Ltd, rent to KPA nor the container deposits.
Further, swift transfer forms presented by the suspect alleging to have paid $3,275 to the China-based company as freight charges were found to be fake.
The suspect will be charged with obtaining money by false pretences and forgery.
The DCI has urged members of the public who might have been duped by the suspect or his company in a similar manner to report to the DCI headquarters.