DCI: Kenya’s fake gold business involves reputable agencies
It has now emerged that the multi-million-gold venture is a conspiracy involving shady businessmen and reputable agencies, detectives have revealed.
The Criminal Investigations Directorate (DCI) revealed it after seizing fake gold bars hidden in 31 crates at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Investigators said the boxes were stored in the vault of the Swissport Transit freight station at the airport to avoid detection by law enforcement.
Police investigations revealed that the boxes were stored at the airport by shady businessmen claiming that they were goods awaiting transit to various destinations around the world.
âThey opted for Swissport freight because it provides ground handling and cargo services at major airports around the world,â detectives said.
According to detectives, once at the airport, a potential buyer is lured into Swissport’s vault, where what appears to be real gold bars are on display.
The buyer is then informed that once the transaction is completed, the gold will be shipped to the destination of their choice.
“Immediately, the buyer is convinced that the transaction is flawless and makes payments including customs and shipping charges, which marks the beginning of their tribulations,” read a tweet from DCI.
Detectives continued, “In such a sour deal, a businessman lost over 34 million shillings to the thieves, who immediately went underground after receiving the payments.”
Investigators are now urging Kenyans interested in purchasing gold to confirm the authenticity of the gold deposits with the relevant government agencies.
On May 3, police in Ruiru, Kiambu County, recovered 362 million shillings in counterfeit money and fake gold suspected of belonging to three Cameroonian nationals.
The property was found in a house under construction on the Ruiru-Kiambu road.
The case is still pending in court.