NAIROBI – The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has busted a racketeering syndicate that has been conning unsuspecting Kenyans in an employment scam.
According to the DCI, the gang was led by Senior Sergeant Grace Nyamohanga, alias ‘Nasra’ a warden at Lang’ata Women Prison.
The gang was responsible for recruiting helpless jobseekers with the promise of job opportunities in top government parastatals and security agencies including, Kenya Defence Forces, National Intelligence Service and the National Police Service
The DCI said the gang had obtained over Ksh200 million in under 10 months and Kenyans from all levels of education and academic disciplines had fallen victim to the gang’s’ tricks.
Sleuths from the investigation agency raided the main suspect’s house at the Industrial Area GK prison staff quarters where they obtained several fake offer letters to be offered to graduates in Mathematics, Computer Science and Microbiology among others.
The group’s action came to the attention of the DCI when a woman from Kiambu was conned over Ksh800,000 with the promise of her three children getting employed with the National Hospital Insurance Fund, the Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Kenya Ports Authority.
Over 60 unsuspecting jobseekers were in January this year also swindled off their money where individuals parted with between Ksh300,000 to Ksh400,000 depending with ones level of education, and were to get employed with KPA.
The DCI revealed that the jobseekers were even taken to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to familiarize themselves with their to be work station, before they were driven to a high end hotel and treated to expensive meals.
Further investigations by the DCI revealed that the mastermind, Nasra, was working with fellow warders where one had collected over Ksh19 million in total with the other managed to collect Ksh2.4 million.
Fake US dollars amounting to Ksh2.4 million was also obtained from the Industrial Area house where two suspects were also arrested.
Nasra who is the main suspect is still at large