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Police arrest university dropout behind M-Pesa fraud gang – VIDEO

Police in Eldoret have arrested a man suspected to be leader of an M-Pesa fraudsters syndicate across the country.

Nixon Kipkoech, alias Salim, is a third year biochemistry university dropout.

He is said to have teamed up with two women and have been moving around the country stealing money from M-Pesa shops using several sim cards and stolen identity cards.

Their latest hunting grounds were Eldoret, Nairobi and Machakos towns.

Police have listed his recent fraudulent transactions, including Sh100, 000 withdrawn in one town and Sh80, 000 withdrawn in Nandi town.


Mr Kipkoech was arrested by police in his house in Mwanza estate after a tip off from members of the public. His two accomplices escaped and are being searched.

He has been on the run for weeks after defrauding his latest victim along the Eldoret-Webuye road.

Police found him with with dozens of sim cards and IDs used to register different M-Pesa accounts.

“He has used several IDs to register several cards and has been using the different numbers to defraud agents,” said Eldoret West OCPD Samuel Mutunga.

Mr Mutunga called opn those who have fallen victim to report the matter to police.