The man behind the online scam behind the high-tech scam that wiped out 900,000 shillings from a microfinance firm in Mombasa has been arrested and returned 600,000 shillings, DCI reports.
The architect of the raid, Francis Mayrura, smoked in a hideout in the village of Nyamondo, South Gucha, Kisii region.
This came after detectives from the DCI Operational Support Unit traced the money routed through a breach in Sacco’s IT system and transferred to the suspect’s six Mpesa accounts.
The high-profile scam, which occurred on December 31, 2022, was carried out by the then 22-year-old suspect between 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm between two houses on the city’s Witeithie estate from Thika and others in Gitambaya to Ruiru.
“The suspect fled to a rural home in Kisii County as soon as he realized he was in our line of sight.” police said.
Unbeknownst to him, detectives sniffed his throat, broke into his county house at the devilish hour of the morning, and smoked him out.
A comprehensive search was conducted leading to the recovery of Sh0.6 M, 3 Cell phones and a laptop suspected to been utilized in the heist.
The suspect is presently beneath armed escort to Mombasa, where he is going to be highly processed and charged for his criminal acts.