A wanted suspect, Pauline Adhiambo Odok, who allegedly defrauded a foreigner of Sh300 million in a fake gold scam, have been arrested by detectives in Kenya.
It was gathered that the suspect, alias Rose Omamo, had been on the run since May last year, but was recently arrested at Ololua, Dam Estate.
Preliminary investigations revealed that Odok, who has been masquerading as a relative to a senior government official, ostensibly to earn the trust of her would be victims, had convinced the victim, one Southorn Chanthavong, a director of Simong Group Company based in Lao, that she would sell him gold.
The suspect and her accomplices, had lured the victim to an office in Kileleshwa’s affluent Kaputei gardens, where the victim was allegedly shown genuine gold bars in heavy metal boxes and immediately, a deal was struck.
A Police source privy to the investigations said: “ A flurry of meetings then took place, between May 8 and 25, 2019, after which the victim parted with Sh300 Million, being payment of an undisclosed quantity of gold. According to their deal, the precious metal would be delivered to his home country in Lao. It was after he had parted with the money being payment for the consignment, that things started going south.
“ Chanthavong, who had been told to wait for his shipment in Lao, a top rice producing country in Southeast Asia, realized that he had been conned after being taken on a wild goose chase for weeks, when the shipment failed to arrive. Immediately the victim reported the matter to detectives, Odok went into hiding prompting a warrant for her arrest to be issued, in January, 2020.
“ Luckily, a few days ago, a concerned member of the public who had seen our appeal for the arrest of Pauline, spotted her and alerted our detectives on her whereabouts, The suspect is currently in our custody awaiting arraignment, to answer to charges of Conspiracy to Defraud. ”
Detectives have however appreciated Kenyan who provided information leading to her arrest and called on all patriotic Kenyans, to emulate his good example.