The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti has issued a red alert over two middle aged man and woman on the run involved in multimillion bank fraud offences.
The two, Gerald Gatheru Mwai and Gladys Mwara Kamau are on the radar of two specialised units domiciled under the DCI, Economic and Commercial Crimes Unit (ECCU) and the Anti-Banking Fraud Unit (BFIU).
Already, Chief Magistrate Court Milimani issued warrant of arrest against the two fugitives who are still at large.
“The under listed suspects; Gerald Gatheru Mwai ID/No. 23463386 and Gladys Mwara Kamau ID/No. 27293605 are wanted by @DCI_Kenya pursuant to a warrant of arrest issued by Chief Magistrate Court Milimani on 16th October, 2020.”
“Any person with information that may lead to their arrest to contact DCI Headquarters-ECCU section, the nearest Police station, call or SMS 0773004776 or email us on [email protected].” Kinoti said.
According to detectives, Gatheru and Mwara have on multiple occasions masterminded and or involved in execution of financial fraud involving millions of money.
Cases of bank fraud, money laundering and cyber-espionage are on the rise in the country.
Last month, detectives in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta county arrested a 56-year-old man on allegations of money laundering and internet fraud.
Archibald Kalela Mwandawiro, a science expert at a local university, is believed to be linked to an electronic fraud syndicate in the country.
Mwandawiro was arrested at his home in Mlondo village on Sunday evening.
Via Twitter, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) described him as a cyber-espionage suspect and said its officers confiscated “devices used in the interception, access and transmission of messages to unauthorised recipients”.
They found advanced communications equipment including 512 sim cards, 25 modems, an electric inverter, internet routers, a Global Systems for Mobile communications (GSM), a laptop and a mobile handset.
Wundanyi DCI officer Richard Cheruiyot said police raided Mwandawiro’s house and carried out a search based on intelligence.
Cheruiyot said they suspect the gadgets were being used in internet hacking.
“The equipment is used to intercept, access and transmit information from unsuspecting Kenyans,” Cheruiyot said.
The DCIO said the suspect was taken to Wundanyi Police Station and later arraigned.
Mwandawiro is said to be a former employee of a leading communications company in Kenya.
“We are working with our colleagues from the Nairobi headquarters to investigate the case,” Cheruiyot said.