NAIROBI, KENYA; Directorate Of Criminal Investigation (DCI) officers Friday afternoon busted a racketeering syndicate that has been swindling hundreds of millions of shillings from unsuspecting jobseekers in Kenya, on the pretext that the jobseekers would be offered job opportunities.
The syndicate, operated by Grace Nyamohanga, alias ‘Nasra’ (lady in the photos), who is a Senior Sergeant at Lang’ata Women Prison, has so far conned jobseekers over Sh200 Million, in 10 months.
The rogue prison warder operates a mafia organization that recruits helpless jobseekers, with the promise of job opportunities in top government parastatals & government security agencies including; Kenya Defence Forces, National Intelligence Service & the National Police Service.
From the dozens of fake offer letters in DCI possession that were seized from her house, the suspect has fake recruited jobseekers from across all levels of education and academic disciplines including graduates in Mathematics, Computer Science and Microbiology among others.
One such victim who was duped is a woman from Kiambu County who was swindled over KSh 800,000 with the promise that her three children would be offered job opportunities at the National Hospital Insurance Fund, Nairobi Metropolitan Services and the Kenya Ports Authority.
She was offered appointment letters inviting her respective children to the said institutions, to take up positions that had allegedly fallen vacant. However, she became jittery on the authenticity of the appointments when the suspect called twice to postpone the reporting dates, citing COVID 19 restrictions. This prompted her to report the matter to detectives.
In January this year, the leader of the gang and the other suspects had, in a well-coordinated and orchestrated plot, recruited over 60 jobseekers who were offered forged letters of appointment, inviting them to join the Kenya Airports Authority.
The victims, who each parted with huge sums of money ranging from Sh300,000 to Sh400,000 depending on one’s level of education, were even driven to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, ostensibly to familiarize themselves with what would be their new work environment. They were also addressed by a suspect who posed as the Human Resource Manager. Later, they were driven to a high-end facility overlooking the Nairobi National Park, along Mombasa road, where they were treated to a sumptuous meal.
Afterwards, they were asked to go home and report on March 18th. That was last time the victims heard from the phoney thugs. Further investigations reveal that the suspect has been working in cahoots with fellow Prison warders who lure desperate jobseekers into the trap, obtain money from them and then they remit the same to Nasra. One such warder collected a total of Sh19 Million while another warder who is a driver collected over Sh5.7 Million.
Detectives have also broadened their scope of investigations, to establish the suspect’s link to money laundering, after fake U.S dollars amounting to Sh2.4 Million were also recovered from her house, at the Industrial Area G.K Prison staff quarters. Two suspects have since been arrested while the main suspect Kenya Prison’s Senior Sergeant Grace Nyamohanga alias ‘Nasra’ is still at large.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations invites Kenyans who submitted their academic documents, birth certificates, identification cards and other documents to the fraudsters, to present themselves at the DCI headquarters, Serious Crimes Unit and file their reports.