Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) sleuths are looking for Lang’ata Women’s Prison Senior Sergeant Grace Nyamohanga alias Nasra over alleged links to a Sh200 million job scam.
DCI on Friday linked Nyamohanga, who remains at large, and two arrested suspects to a syndicate which allegedly obtained hundreds of millions of shillings from jobseekers pretending to link them to lucrative jobs.
According to the DCI, the prison boss heads and operates the intricate syndicate claimed to have conned unsuspecting jobseekers more than Sh200 million within a span of 10 months.
The syndicate involving prison warders is said to recruit jobseekers promising them placements in top government parastatals and security agencies while offering fake letters.
“The suspects have recruited jobseekers from across all levels of education and academic disciplines including graduates in Mathematics, Computer Science and Microbiology among others,” DCI posted on Twitter.
A woman from Kiambu County is said to have lost Sh800,000 that she used to secure her three children jobs at the Nairobi Metropolitan Services, National Hospital Insurance Fund and Kenya Ports Authority.
She even received appointment letters but became suspicious after they kept postponing reporting dates using the excuse of Covid-19 protocols and she reported the matter to DCI.
In January, according to DCI, the syndicate had recruited more than 60 jobseekers and offered them fake appointment letters for jobs at the Kenya Airports Authority (KPA).
The unsuspecting jobseekers are reported to have parted with between Sh300,000-400,000 each based on their level of education and the job opportunity sought.
The George Kinoti-led directorate has linked the racket to rogue prison warders who lured jobseekers with the promise of job opportunities before getting cash from them then remitting to Nasra.
For example, DCI said one prison warder allegedly collected Sh19 million and another more than Sh5.7 million, with such cases being replicated in many others reported to the police.
DCI is also probing if the key suspect is linked to money laundering, after police found an equivalent of Sh2.4 million in fake US dollars in her Industrial Area Prison staff quarters house.
The unsuspecting Kenyans who fell victim to the alleged fraudsters have been asked to present themselves at DCI’s Serious Crimes Unit to file their reports for immediate action.