Police arrest suspect for issuing fake prison letters

by Lawyer Wanz

Police in Ruiru are detaining a man who allegedly issued fake prison training college calling letters to four members of the public and thereafter conning them Ksh1.4 million.

The suspect Benson Ng’ang’a allegedly issued the fake letters to the four namely Nancy Nyawira, Moses Gitau, John Kebaso and Mercy Wambui.

The four while within Ruiru town received calling letters to have their relatives attend training at Ruiru Prisons Staff Training College from the suspect who claimed to be a staff at Prison Headquarters,” the police report read in part.

The report further revealed that Nancy gave out Ksh300,000, Moses gave out Ksh350,000, Mercy gave Ksh350,000 while John parted with Ksh400,000 totalling Ksh1.4 million.

However, upon scrutiny, they realised that the calling letters were fake. Already, one Mary Njoki Njoroge aged 61 years is in custody assisting police in the Investigations.

The suspect will be arraigned in court on Monday for custodial orders,” the report further read.

Sleuths attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) are investigating the matter.

Cases of civilians being issued with fake calling letters by fraudsters during recruitment have been on the increase with a recent case of hundreds of youths who turned up for the Kenya prisons Service recruitment early this week.

In other news, A suspect sought in the homicide case that led to police fatally shooting Amir Locke has been arrested and confirmed by relatives to be Locke’s cousin.

The suspect, a 17-year-old whom NBC News is not naming because he is a minor, was arrested Monday around 3:45 p.m. in Winona, Minnesota, in connection with the Jan. 10 fatal shooting of Otis Elder, St. Paul police said.

The department confirmed Tuesday that the suspect is related to the no-knock warrant served at a Minneapolis apartment last week that resulted in a SWAT officer killing Locke.

“We can confirm that the charged teenager is Amir Locke’s cousin,” attorneys for Locke’s family said in a statement Tuesday.

“His cousin was not present in Unit 701, where the no-knock warrant and Amir were both executed,” the statement said. “All available information confirms that Amir was never a target of that investigation or those search warrants.”

“We must remain focused on the fact that Amir was an innocent young man of a raid gone terribly gone, who is now the latest statistic and victim of the dangerous and intrusive no-knock warrant techniques that must be banned,” it said.

Locke was not named on that warrant, served out by the Minneapolis Police Department, authorities previously said. That warrant was related to the St. Paul homicide investigation.

Locke, 22, was fatally shot when officers stormed in and found him on the couch covered in a blanket. Minneapolis police said the officer opened fire after seeing the barrel of a gun come into view from under the blanket

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