Police have arrested a businessman in Nairobi who allegedly obtained Ksh. 7.2 million from a foreigner after luring him into a fake gold deal.
Detectives seized the suspect on Wednesday, August 16, after allegations of luring a French National, William Tuil into a fictious business where the businessman was to receive Coltan, a precious mineral.
The deal involved the export of the precious mineral from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Tuil found himself in the suspect’s office in Nairobi’s Westlands with a metallic box loaded with stones and broken tiles.
Police from the Director of Criminal Investigations raided the office where they busted the suspect and twelve metallic boxes which were used to lure unsuspecting victims.
The boxes contained stones which were being used to dupe victims as real cash or minerals according to DCI.
Moreover, police arrested the prime suspect alongside his accomplices who together ran the fake gold syndicate.
On the other hand, Tuil, the victim, launched a complaint to the police and was asked to avail himself to identify the consignment he was told earlier was money.
He was able to spot the box the suspects used to dupe him into a gold scam.
The victim vividly recounted how the box was locked during the deal as he was given its key in Ghana.
Additionally, he then travelled to Nairobi via Rwanda where he was going to get the keys to the box.
He later found out that what he thought all along was money but was stones and a bag of gravel. Hoping he was going to get his money in the other boxes, he didn’t.
DCI on the Gold Scam
According to the detectives, the alleged cash was packed in Ghana then was supposed to be transported to Rwanda where William was told to wait for his cash.
William was later informed that the consignment had been impounded by authorities who asked for a bribe to release it and were therefore asked to travel to Nairobi.
In Nairobi, the prime suspect informed William to cough Ksh2.3 million for safekeeping, Ksh2.9 million for insurance and Ksh1.7 million for a private jet.
Detectives say the man in custody is part of a well-organized criminal gang that is notorious for illegal dealings and related crimes.
William’s suspicions rose after the suspect and his gang further demanded Ksh87 million for customs and another Ksh72 million as commission.