Kenya deports Zambian suspected of running fake gold syndicate
A Zambian national who police say is a notorious gold scammer has been deported. Mr Bupe Chipando aka Elena, was deported following his arrest by Transnational and Organized Crimes detectives after he defrauded a Dutch national of more than Sh170 million in a fake gold deal.
Mr Chipando, who according to the police has been operating an international syndicate of fraudsters in Nairobi, had also been previously linked with the printing of counterfeit currency.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i issued deportation orders for the suspect.
“Bupe, who was also involved in counterfeit printing currency, was deported following orders issued by the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Dr Fred Matiang’i,” the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said in a statement.
Cases of fake gold fraud have been on the rise in the country with the trade mostly common in Nairobi’s upmarket neighbourhoods.
According to the DCI, it is in these upmarket establishments where the fraudsters usually lure unsuspecting genuine investors from across the world to part with millions of money in exchange for fake gold.