Detectives arrest 3 Police officers behind Ksh 200 Million fraud scheme targeting job seekers

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Detectives have arrested three police officers linked to a a Sh200 million con racket in Nairobi.

Senior Sergeant Jackson Murithi, Corporal Zachary Kimathi, and Peter Ngere were taken in after detectives linked them to a syndicate that saw eager job-seekers lose hundreds of millions on fake promises of being offered jobs in top government institutions.

The trio are believed to have colluded with three others who have since been arrested as police widened their nets.

It all began with the arrest Senior sergeant Grace Nyamohanga alias Nasra, a senior officer at the Kenya Prisons who was linked to the fake jobs.

Nyamohanga was taken in alongside one Sylvester Masiaga, and Michael Sasi for 14 days to allow for investigations into the multi-million crime.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) hold that Murithi collected Sh19 Million from 74 jobseekers eager to land top government jobs.

On the other hand, Corporal Kimathi collected Sh5.7 million from 20 jobless Kenyans while Ngere, who is based in Juja recruited 50 jobseekers and collected Sh16 Million, from them in an elaborate scheme targeting .

Murithi and Kimathi who are Prison officers are believed to have been recruited by the main suspect Ms Nyamohanga as their fraud scheme paid off handsomely.

“The three will be arraigned in court on Monday alongside Grace Nyamohanga and Masiaga Slyvester, for obtaining money by false pretenses, making documents without authority, altering false documents & conspiracy to defraud among other charges,” DCI said.

DCI maintains that the suspects swindled Kenyans more than 200 Million shillings in their operation that ran for 10 months.

Victims were promised jobs at among other institutions, the Kenya Defence Forces, National Intelligence Service and the National Police Service in exchange for money.

“The suspects have recruited jobseekers from across all levels of education and academic disciplines including graduates in mathematics, computer science and microbiology,” DCI disclosed in a statement.

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