Suspected fraudster targeting MPs arraigned in court

The man suspected to have hatched a scheme to con some members of parliament was Tuesday morning arraigned in court after he was arrested in a hotel in Tanzania on Sunday.

The court granted police four days to detain the suspect Benson Wazir Chacha as they carry out investigations. Chacha is to undergo mental tests at Mathari Hospital.

Investigating officer John Kiprop had asked for a seven-day detention period but Resident Magistrate Christine Njagi granted only four days.

The suspect had spent the night at Muthaiga Police Station in Nairobi. He is accused of soliciting money from MPs disguised as Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege.

The Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said the suspect was planning to flee to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The police had been looking for Chacha for more than two weeks. This was after he was named as the main suspect in the racket involving fake M-Pesa accounts registered in the names of MPs and used to solicit money.

Several MPs and other VIPs were duped into sending money in the belief they were responding to distress calls by their colleagues. But the lawmakers discovered the fraud and reported the matter, prompting investigations.

The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) had been working with Kenyan and Tanzanian authorities to trace him.

Three of his accomplices, including an M-Pesa agent, have since been arrested.


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