Detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) have arrested the main suspect behind a fake jobs syndicate at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The suspect, identified as Bonface Ouko, was nabbed on Friday evening August 27 after the detectives laid a trap to bring to an end his syndicate.
According to DCI, the 29-year-old suspect used to charge his victims all kinds of charges before offering them fake employment letters. The suspect would charge the unsuspecting job seekers medical fees, security pass fee, interview fee, and uniform fee among others.
Before he was arrested, Ouko had presented a fake letter to one of the detectives who had posed as a job seeker.
The letter indicated that the detective had secured a financial analyst position at one of the firms in the country’s aviation hubs.
Ouko had even adopted a fake name, Peter Kamuri, and a fake security pass to the firm he had reportedly secured employment opportunity for the detective.
The suspect is currently held at the JKIA police station, waiting for an arraignment on Monday
This comes against the backdrop of rising cases of job seekers being conned. On July 7, DCI arrested suspects believed to be part of a cartel that has been swindling unsuspecting teachers’ millions of shillings.
The cartel had infiltrated the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) database and was working in cahoots with employees in various departments at the headquarters.
The DCI was alerted after TSC CEO, Nancy Macharia wrote to his team, asking them to conduct investigations on the syndicate.
Macharia stated that the suspects were using several Facebook accounts in her name and defrauded unsuspecting teachers promising to offer them employment and transfers at a fee.
In one of the cases, a primary school teacher in Bomet was posted to a school, only to discover the job posting letter was fake after teaching for nearly a month.
In another instance, a teacher traveled all the way from Kisii to Thika Secondary School to fill a vacancy, only to realise after a month that he was a victim of the fake job syndicate.