The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has successfully dismantled a cross-border con syndicate that defrauded an Indian businessman of Ksh267 million through an elaborate scheme.
According to a statement released on a Saturday, the Indian businessman had supplied caustic soda for detergent production to five companies located in Uganda, with the goods passing through the port of Mombasa.
However, once the consignment reached Kenya, the contacts for the five companies vanished, prompting the Indian businessman to travel to Kenya to investigate the matter.
The DCI’s investigation revealed that these companies had placed orders for supplies between December 12 of the previous year and April 22 of the current year.
The goods were delivered to the Port of Mombasa on various dates between January 31 and May 15 of this year.
Upon receiving the report from the Indian businessman, the DCI collaborated with their counterparts in Uganda to locate the company officials.
Given the cross-border nature of the crime, Interpol was also involved, and a sting operation was conducted in Uganda on Friday, October 6.
The operation resulted in the recovery of 7,420 bags, equivalent to seven containers of the product, at a logistics company in Kampala, Uganda.
However, the DCI stated that the multi-agency team is still pursuing the rest of the consignment believed to have been distributed across Uganda.
Furthermore, a manhunt has been launched to apprehend the main suspects in the case, with the DCI expressing confidence that the suspects will be captured soon.