A 30-year-old woman, Noline Awuor Odika, found herself in police custody for orchestrating a fraudulent scheme that preyed upon the public’s need for police clearance certificates.
Using the guise of a Crime Records Officer, she, under the alias Inspector Jane Atieno, operated alongside her former GSU husband, Keith Wanyama Yamame, employing an intricate web of deception to deceive unsuspecting victims.
The duo, as revealed by crime researchers and operations detectives, ingeniously utilized 11 subscriber sim cards to solicit funds from their targets.
In exchange for a fee of Sh3,000, they promised to process authentic police clearance certificates.
However, the documents provided were nothing more than elaborate counterfeits, featuring either forged signatures or outdated endorsements from retired officials.
Odika's arrest unfolded in a dramatic turn of events at Maridadi area in Kwanza, Trans Nzoia county, while her partner-in-crime, Wanyama, made a daring escape, leaving behind a trail of questions and a confiscated Subaru vehicle.
Law enforcement agencies are diligently pursuing his whereabouts.
In response to this incident, the Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has taken measures to bolster the efficiency of the Forensic Fingerprint Identification Bureau (FFID), aiming to expedite the processing of legitimate police clearance applications.
This initiative is poised to significantly reduce the extensive wait times currently experienced by applicants.
The arrest of Odika sheds light on the susceptibility of the public to fraudulent schemes and emphasizes the need for stringent measures to combat such illicit activities.
The DCI's proactive steps underscore the commitment to enhancing the authenticity and expediency of essential documentation, safeguarding the public against similar deceptive ploys.