Suspects in USD 439 Trillion Mega Fraud Arrested in Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya - In a major breakthrough, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Operations Support Unit detectives have apprehended eight suspects involved in a staggering USD 439 trillion mega fraud targeting two foreign businessmen from the Netherlands.

The ongoing operation, centered around a warehouse located in Nairobi, uncovered several boxes containing counterfeit US dollars, suspected stolen jungle fatigues intended for APS officers, military boots, customs reflector jackets, and other related items.

The elaborate fraud scheme unfolded when the foreign businessmen were contacted via a WhatsApp call by a number registered under the name 'Canopy Shield Agencies.' The caller, posing as a customs officer, informed them that their consignment of 40 pallets was held at the Kenya Customs Warehouse. The pretext was that payment of a USD 36,000 duty fee was required for its release.

According to reports, the complainants had engaged in a cash-on-transit deal involving an astronomical USD 439 trillion intended for Dubai from the Central Bank of Togo. The caller, claiming to facilitate customs clearance, convinced the foreigners that the initial 40 pallets contained USD 4 billion and were being flown through Kenya en route to Dubai.

Upon arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and anticipating a straightforward duty fee payment, the foreign nationals found themselves ensnared in a meticulously planned operation. Unbeknownst to the fraudsters, detectives had gathered intelligence on the fraudulent activities.

As the suspects diligently worked to persuade their targets to part with the USD 36,000 at the warehouse, the operations team executed a swift and decisive intervention. The suspects, identified as Moses Otieno, Peter Aura, Brian Waweru, John Kalombo, Peter Kisanya, Noah Ouma, Charity Njeri, and Mercy Cheptoo, were apprehended and promptly led into police custody.

The operation is ongoing, with the investigative focus now turning to the foreign nationals. Authorities are conducting in-depth interviews to extract information that will shed light on the intricacies of the fraudulent business deal. The arrest of these suspects marks a significant milestone in the fight against large-scale financial crimes in Nairobi.

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