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Police arrest woman who conned her victim Sh300million worth of fake gold

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives have arrested a wanted suspect, who defrauded a foreigner off Sh300 million in a fake gold scam.

The suspect Pauline Adhiambo Odok alias Rose Omamo, has been on the run since May last year was arrested on Thursday at Ololua, Dam Estate.

The detectives, acting on a tip-off from a member of the public who had spotted Pauline, arrested her in Ololua.

She is currently in custody awaiting arraignment to answer to charges of conspiracy to fraud.

According to DCI, Adhiambo who has been masquerading as a relative to a senior government official, ostensibly to earn the trust of her would be victims, had convinced one Southorn Chanthavong, a director of Simong Group Company based in Lao, that she would sell him gold.

She alongside her other accomplices who have since been charged, 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 flurry of meetings then took place, between 8th and 25th May 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,” said the detectives.

” It is 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, Pauline went into hiding prompting a warrant for her arrest to be issued, in January, 2020,” added the police.

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