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How Nairobi businessman was tricked into exchanging Sh200k with bundles of paper

By Joseph Ndunda February 28th, 2023 2 min read

On February 22, 2023, Muhumedin Abdikadir, who is a businessman in Nairobi, received a call from a woman who claimed to be a predicament that required his help.

The woman on the other end of the line claimed that she had gotten Mr Abdikadir’s contacts from his business partner.

The distressed woman told Mr Abdikadir that she had about $4,000 and €3,000 which she needed to change into Kenyan currency and requested to meet him for assistance.

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Unbeknown to Mr Abdikadir, he was being lured into a well-calculated fraudulent scheme. He agreed to met the woman near Ambassador Hotel on Tom Mboya street where she showed him bundles of “cash” in a bag which she claimed were close to Sh500,000.

Mr Abdikadir gave her Sh200,000 in cash and promised to give her the remaining amount in a short while. It is only after he had parted ways with the woman that Mr Abdikadir checked and found, to his utter dismay, that the bundle he had received contained a $1 note and Sh50 note while the rest were papers.

Dazed and agitated, Mr Abdikadir he rushed to Kamukunji Police Station to report the case. The police later traced and arrested the suspect.

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On Monday (February 27, 2023), the suspect, Ms Patricia Mueni Makenzi, was arraigned before the Makadara Law Courts to answer to charges of swindling Mr Abdikadir of Sh200,000.

The accused denied the charges before Senior Resident Magistrate Lewis Gatheru of Makadara Law Courts and was released on a cash bail of Sh80,000 and an alternative bond of Sh100, 00 with a surety of a similar amount.

The case will be mentioned on March 13, 2023 before hearing starts on July 4, 2023.

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