NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 6 – A 41-year-old Congolese national was nabbed on Tuesday over a USD 97,500 fake gold racket was due to be arraigned in court Wednesday.
Ledivin Mupanga was arrested on arrival from Ethiopia by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations’ (DCI) Serious Crime Unit, DCI boss George Kinoti said.
The suspect was taken into custody and questioned.
The DCI said further investigations were underway to expose persons who may be linked to the fake gold syndicate.
It was not immediately clear who Mupanga obtained the money from and the amount of gold he was to supply.
The suspect is accused of obtaining USD 97,500 in March this year from a complainant with the FALSE promise that he could purchase #Gold for him & thereafter disappeared. He is in lawful custody awaiting arraignment in court Today. Further investigations are ongoing.
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) November 6, 2019
Cases of fake gold and counterfeit currency have increased in recent years, the most prominent being a USD3,000,000 racket linked to businessman Jared Kiasa Otieno.
A foreigner by the name of Sounthorn Chanthvong from Lao who deals with buying and selling gold was said to have been lured into a house located at Kaputei Gardens where he lost USD3,000,000 equivalent to Sh300 million between February 8-25, 2019.