May 18, 2022

Police arrest a fraudster who masquerades as a senior government official

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A serial fraudster who has obtained tens of millions of shillings from unsuspecting Kenyans and foreigners was this morning arrested.
The suspect David Ambuku alias General posed as a senior procurement officer in various government ministries.
The General, who manufactures fraudulent tender documents and local purchase orders before convincing bidders and potential suppliers that he will award them the lucrative contracts, was taken by police from a water tank, where he was hiding to avoid arrest.
“Ambuku, who conspired to defraud two merchants Sh47.3 million using forged tender documents for ministries of Interior and Labour, almost drowned after plunging into the water tank at the sight of financial investigations detectives, who raided his house at Kimathi estate, along Jogoo road, early today morning,” the police said.
General who is a director of Kemoma ventures and several other companies working with crooked officials in government ministries and state departments, secures access to their well-furnished offices and boardrooms where he conducts his business unperturbed.
“Donning well-trimmed suits, he cuts a fine figure of a senior procurement manager capable of awarding and influencing issuance of tenders,” the police said.
Innocent merchants, who mostly comprise of young ladies and foreigners looking for investment opportunities are then convinced that they have met the boss and part with colossal sums of money to influence the award of the contracts in their favour.
They are then issued fake local purchase orders to supply the goods before Ambuku stages his disappearance.
“Such is what happened to a Chinese citizen who lost Sh26 million, after being ushered to a meeting with the ‘procurement officer’ at a boardroom in the Ministry of Labour headquarters,” the police added.
The scammer who has over 10 pending cases in different courts has been engaging detectives in hide and seek games before he was finally cornered this morning.
He will be arraigned at the Milimani Law courts tomorrow to take the plea.

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