A group of 10 individuals suspected of being part of a fraudulent syndicate that obtained over Sh449 million through the popular mobile phone platform, Fuliza, have been taken into police custody. The suspects, Isaac Kipkemoi, Gideon Rono, Moses Rono, Collins Kipyegon, Maxwell Ributhu, Edwin Cheruiyot, Gedion Kiru, Peter Wambui, Brenda Chepng’eno, and Linda Cherono, will remain in detention until Monday as the investigation continues.
“Police Investigate Massive Fraud Scheme”
Principal Magistrate Robinson Ondieki granted the police seven days to detain the suspects after they presented evidence of their involvement in the scheme. The court heard that the suspects used over 123,000 Safaricom lines to borrow money from Fuliza through the service provider’s overdraft service in January 2022. The police reported finding the suspects in possession of numerous fraudulent items, including 3,000 SIM cards, 7 laptops, and 40 mobile phones.
The investigating officer stated in court that the suspects acquired multiple SIM cards and opened several bank accounts to apply for loans with the intention of not paying them back. The police are seeking a seven-day custodial order to complete their investigation and bring the suspects to justice.