Another Safaricom employee arrested in probe into SIM swap scandal
Police have arrested three more suspects in the ongoing investigations into fraud involving SIM swap.
The three are said to have conspired in the case that saw a Kiambu MCA lose Sh1.9million after his SIM card was swapped.
According to the police, among the three is a Safaricom Customer Care executive who has since been dismissed. They say they are closing in on other suspects.
The suspects have been identified as; Joseph Kuria Kariuki, Grace Wanjira and Meshack Okoth Okuta.
“Detectives are closing in on leads that may lead to the arrest of two more suspects one of them an employee with a local bank where the complainant had banked his money. We appeal to members of the public to refrain from giving personal data to unknown individuals or responding to strange calls or messages asking for the same,” stated the National Police Service.
A tweet on the service’s account bore the images of the suspects complete with their full information.
Arrest of #SimSwap suspects
.@DCI_Kenya Detectives from Central Police Station have arrested Three suspects in connection with the recent spate of Sim Swapping cases targeting unsuspecting members of the public. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/3mMNFDj2z9
— National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) July 24, 2018
On Friday, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) arrested two other suspects, a Safaricom employee and a university student.
The suspects were found in possession of 2,160 unused Safaricom SIM cards, 44 used Safaricom SIM cards, 5 till agent numbers, 3 M-Pesa booklets, internet booster router, two mobile phones — a blackberry and Samsung J7 and an Apple laptop.
The suspects have been identified as Maurice Musoti, Rian Abaga Nyagaka, a fourth year engineering student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.