– Kobia was arrested by detectives from the Special Crime Unit who raided his residence on Wednesday, June 26
– Also arrested during the raid were 14 other suspects linked to a fake gold syndicate allegedly headed by Kobia
– The DCI noted the arrests were made after complaints were made from Dubai against the businessman
-The latest arrests come barely a month after a related multi-million fake gold scandal was exposed implicating high-profile individuals
Controversial businessman Paul Kobia has been arrested alongside 14 other suspects in connection with the multi-million fake gold scam.
Kobia was picked up on Wednesday, June 26, by detectives from the Special Crime Unit who raided his residence in Nairobi after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) received complaint from Dubai implicating the businessman in a gold scam.
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Confirming the arrest, the DCI noted the businessman had allegedly conned a Dubai-based victim more than KSh 170 million (US$ 1.7 million), of which KSh 14 million (US$ 140,000) was paid in Kenya and the balance settled in Dubai for sale of suspected fake gold.
“Detectives from the Special Crime Unit today (on Wednesday) raided Kobia’s residence and arrested 14 suspects following a report made to the DCI by a complainant from Dubai who was conned over US$ 1.7 million, with US$ 140,000 paid in Kenya and the rest in Dubai for sale of 50kg of gold.
Upon search, the following items were recovered seven suspected gold nuggets, six motor vehicles, wooden Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Bank stamp, Thermo Scientific Arton analyser, Platinum Thermo Couple Machine, Money counting machine, ETR machine, assorted seals/stamps, and Suspected counterfeit gds,” the DCI said in a statement.
The other suspects arrested together with the businessman were identified as Simeon Wainaina, Paul Gichuhi, Benjamin Mutisya, Patrick Mweu, Samson Kibet, Faith Kioko, Joyce Wenani, Miriam Nyambura, Consolata Thirindi, James Masai, Doreen Kathambi, Tanya Yvonne Goes and Gabriel Ndururi Murage.
All the suspects are expected to appear in court on Thursday, June 27. tomorrow.
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