A team of detectives has apprehended two suspected M-Pesa fraudsters suspects who have allegedly been terrorising the residents of Machakos County and its environs.
The two, identified as Kevin Sagini Oroko, 23, and Dominic Otiso Nyabuto, 27, were seized from their hideout at Miwani Estate in Machakos Town.
“Following a tip-off from the public, two (suspected) M-Pesa fraudsters who have been terrorising residents of Machakos County and its environs have been nabbed by a combined team of Kenya Police Service and Directorate of Criminal Investigations detectives.”
According to the DCI, more than 600 assorted Safaricom and Airtel sim cards were recovered from one of the suspects after a thorough search in his house.
Also, 96 Kenyan national Identity cards bearing different names, six mobile phone handsets, KCB Inua Jamii cash transfer cards,16 bank agent transaction registers, two gambling machines, a laptop, and other electronic equipment were recovered.
The two suspects are in custody awaiting arraignment.
Their arrest comes barely a month after sleuths from Serious Crime Unit nabbed have three people suspected of defrauding M-Pesa operators of their cash in Njoro, Nakuru County, and Juja in Kiambu County.
The three identified as Jacktone Odhiambo Opondo, Millicent Wanjiru Maina, and John Karuku Kabue were apprehended with over 3,000 Safaricom lines, both registered and unregistered.
According to the DCI, the suspects were getting national identity numbers from a loans App known as Scoppe, and using it to illegally register the acquired sim cards.
“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, ” said the DCI.
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