Suspects arrested on Gold Scam in Kitusuri

Ten suspects, including eight Kenyans and two foreigners, have been detained by Nairobi police for purportedly scamming two American individuals out of USD 534,000 (Ksh. 67.3 million).

Two politicians are among the suspects arrested over Ksh67.3 million fake gold scam in Kitisuru and Kilimani estates in Nairobi.

In a statement published on Saturday, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said that two weapons and more than 470 rounds of ammunition were also found during the raid.

The Los Angeles, California-based Ms. Marjorie R. Grant was reportedly scammed of the abovementioned sum by the defendants in a phony gold scam transaction, according to the DCI.

Seth Steve Okuthe and Brunoh Otieno Oliende, also known as Oyugi, were taken into custody together with the other suspects in Kitisuru, while the others were caught in Kilimani.

Other suspects were Kenyans Patrick Mugabe, Elisha Mbandi, Teddy Zamora, Samuel Wathika Gathuru, Odhiambo Tobias Patrobas, Oketch Moses, Kaisarios Loamms of Greece, and Siva Sakthi Veru of India.

According to the DCI, "in one of the most recent high-level fake gold frauds in the capital, the investigators following on surveillance leads detained eight Kenyans, one Indian, and a Greek national in two separate raids at Nairobi's affluent Kitusuru and Kilimani areas."

Investigators from the DCI said that Okuthe's capture led to Brunoh's arrest at his luxurious home in Kitusuru, where they found large steel boxes that they think were used to store important evidence.

Following the raid, Samuel Waithaka was discovered to be in possession of a Sig Sauer P229 handgun, while his accomplice Steve Okute was discovered to be in possession of a Baretta pistol that was carrying 13 rounds of 9mm ammo, according to the DCI.

During the raid, it was found that a Gilboa gun that was said to be loaded with 5.56mm bullets was missing.

When the police looked more closely, they also found three computers, a checkbook from a nearby bank, and what they think are gold and silver-painted mineral stones.

Among the other things that were taken was a bag with a metal analyzer, devices for counting money, a rubber stamp that said "Bukule Tereno Advocates Kinshasa," and some metal rods.

Later, the investigators discovered that one of the culprits, Veru, an Indian citizen, had just recently arrived in the nation and was about to be duped out of Ksh. 25 million by the other suspects before being apprehended.

Detectives have arraigned the 10 suspects in court as their investigations continue.

However, the swindle has resulted in the arrest of two other lawmakers.

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