- It was not immediately clear whether the suspect was attempting to flee the country
- Patrick Olindo Aswani is alleged to have con unsuspecting car buyers hundreds of thousands of shillings
- Victims urged to contact the Regional Criminal Investigations office, Nairobi
Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives have this afternoon arrested a suspected fraudster involved in a car importation racket.
Patrick Olindo Aswani was nabbed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. It was not immediately clear what he was doing at the airport, or whether he was attempting to flee from the long arm of the law.
According to the detectives, Aswani fraudulently obtained money from unsuspecting car buyers under the pretext that he could import vehicles for them.
Millions of Shillings Lost
“Nairobi Region alone has received several cases where his victims have lost millions of shillings with similar cases being reported in other police stations around the country,” says DCI.
According to the Car Importers Association of Kenya, about 130,000 used cars are imported annually into Kenya, mostly from Japan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. The vehicles are both for commercial and private use.
Whereas it is a legitimate business to offer importation consultancy services (a middle man handling all the paperwork on behalf of a car buyer), many have fallen victim to schemes by unscrupulous people.
“Individuals or entities that could have fallen victim of his fraudulent activities are requested to get in touch with the Regional Criminal Investigations office, Nairobi (Adjacent to Integrity Center) for assistance,” says DCI.