By Kenya Confidential Economic Crimes Desk, Nairobi – May 29, 2021
The Swahili say that siku za mwizi ni arubaine (a thief’s days are numbered at 40). They also say asiye na mamake hufunzwa na ulimwengu (that who is not taught good conduct by their mother is taught by the world). A suspect believed to have obtained millions of shillings from Kenyans in a fraudulent scheme known as Amazon Web Worker, was arrested yesterday after she jetted into the country, from the United States of America.
Hawk-eyed detectives pounced on the 50-year-old suspect, identified as Stacey Marie Parker Blake,at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport minutes after she had disembarked from her flight. The suspect was arrested following intensive investigations by serious crimes detectives,that linked her to the ponzi scheme that has milked the pockets of unsuspecting investors dry.
In a well coordinated and orchestrated scheme, investors were duped into investing their money in an online app known as Amazon Web Worker, on the premise that they would earn huge profits of upto 38% for a deposit lasting only 7 days. Social media platforms were awash with advertisements wooing Kenyans to the mouthwatering scheme, that promised to double one’s deposits in a month.
In one such advertisement, investors who deposited Ksh100,000 were promised Ksh351,000 after 30 days! All one needed for his/her application to be successful was to register their personal details such as full names, M-Pesa account details and mobile phone numbers in the online app.
Unsuspecting Kenyans were duped and downloaded the app in their hundreds, registered and made their deposits. Some referred their spouses, children and close friends to the scheme, in a bid to make a fortune overnight. It is not until when the app was deleted from the internet without prior notice, that the investors discovered they had been duped. They were shocked to learn that the app was not in any way linked to Amazon, a multinational technology company based in the United States.
Detectives managed to link Stacey to the syndicate, after painstaking investigations revealed that she had pay-bill accounts in her name, that had a balance of Ksh50 Million, believed to be deposits made by the unsuspecting victims.
Serious Crimes Detectives are currently pursuing other suspects, believed to be part of the syndicate. Meanwhile, Stacey is in Police custody pending arraignment in court, on charges of Money Laundering, Computer Fraud and Obtaining by False Pretences among other charges.
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