Gold scammer Jared Otieno becomes unlikely hero after arrest

The controversial and flamboyant businessman Jared Otieno was arrested Wednesday evening in the on going fake gold probe.

Despite the gross allegations, a section of Kenyans have actually praised him for robbing a foreign billionaire and investing back in the country.

When DCI detectives raided his newly acquired palatial home in Karen they seized two of his brand new vehicles–a Porsche and Bentley.

“The fugitive Jared Otieno has been arrested,” DCI Kinoti was quoted by Capital. “we raided his newly bought palatial house in Karen where two brand new vehicles, a Bentley and a Porsche were recovered.”

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His latest arrest comes days after investigations were launched following numerous complaints from those conned–including United Arab Emirates leader Sheikh Al Maktoum.

In a statement on Friday, DCI boss George Kinoti has urged foreign Embassies and High Commissions to alert their nationals coming to Kenya for gold business.

Kinoti says unsuspecting foreign nationals have lost millions of shillings to gold scammers in the recent weeks.

But Kenyans believe he deserves praise for investing the ‘internationally’ stolen money in the country vis-a-vis the corrupt politicians politicians who steal from us and invest abroad.

We have sampled some of their reactions below:

“He is part of a wider gang and we are still pursuing others. These people are harmful to the economy since they are selling what does not exist,” Kinoti added after the arrest.

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“They have wreaked havoc on many people. This is a criminal enterprise and we are determined to dismantle it.”

The raid didn’t come as a surprise as the flamboyant businessman has been linked to related scams in the past.

On June 20, 2017, police arrested the businessman over claims he swindled foreigners in a gold export deal.

Senior principal magistrate Martha Mutuku allowed the request by police to detain him for seven more days to allow for completion of investigations.

The flashy businessman had been arrested for obtaining money by pretending to be in a position to export gold from Kenya to foreign countries.

He was arrested after several complaints to the police by four foreign nationals.

According to the police, the Mr Otieno often told the complainants that monies they sent him was used to pay government taxes and exportation expenses.

Are Kenyans’ sentiments varied? I believe so!

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