Police have arrested a man for allegedly impersonating Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Eliud Owalo and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
In a statement, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said Calvince Otieno Odhiambo was arrested in Rongo, Migori county in an ongoing crackdown targeting persons impersonating CSs, Principal Secretaries and other senior government officials.
Odhiambo is believed to have obtained thousands of shillings from members of the public through a Facebook account bearing the names and images of the ICT boss.
He is said to have been promising business opportunities, employment and empowerment programs to hapless Kenyans.
During the operation, detectives recovered five mobile phones the suspect has been using in the scheme.
DCI confirmed that detectives are currently pursuing other suspects who have opened accounts in the names of prominent Kenyans and senior government officials, and are using the accounts to defraud the public.
“Kenyans are advised to be wary of such social media accounts and are cautioned not to send money to anyone in order to influence favours,” DCI said.
“The crooks who have opened multiple Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts have obtained thousands of shillings from unsuspecting Kenyans, who are duped into believing that the owners of the accounts will assist them secure financial assistance, jobs, among other favours.
Last month, detectives arrested a 22-year-old man for impersonating Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and fraudulently obtaining an unknown amount of money.
Collins Kipleting Serem alias Rengstar, a benga artist based in Kamplemur village in Sugoi, was arrested after he created a fake Facebook account bearing the Deputy President’s name and obtained money from unsuspecting netizens, allegedly meant for feeding Kenyans facing hunger, police said.
The suspect had obtained a paybill number that he used to con his over 14,000 followers on Facebook pretending that the money was meant to help victims of hunger across Kenya.
“The suspect published a paybill number connected to an account at Eldoret’s Standard Chartered bank and appealed to his over 14K followers to come together and raise funds for the victims of hunger, promising God’s blessings to those who would heed to the appeal,” police stated.
“Sleuths attached to the Deputy President’s office launched a manhunt for the suspect and arrested him in Sugoi, Uasin Gishu county.”