Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested a woman who allegedly defrauded a foreigner KSh300 million in a fake gold deal.
Pauline Adhiambo Odok alias Rose Omamo had been on the run since May last year. She was nabbed in Dam Estate, Ololua, Ngong, Kajiado County. Adhiambo, says DCI, was masquerading as a relative to a senior government official to lure and earn the trust of her would-be victims.
The sleuths say she convinced Southorn Chanthavong, a director of Simong Group Company based in Laos, that she would sell to him genuine gold.
Fake Gold Meetings
Pauline allegedly lured the victim to an office in Kaputei Gardens, Kilelelshwa, and showed him genuine gold bars in heavy metal boxes. “Immediately, a deal was struck,” says DCI. “A flurry of meetings then took place, between 8th and 25th May 2019, after which the victim parted with Sh300 Million, being payment of an undisclosed quantity of gold. According to their deal, the precious metal would be delivered to his home country in Laos.”
But no sooner had she paid than things started going south. Chanthavong, who had been told to wait for his shipment in Laos, realized he had been conned when it failed to arrive. He had been taken on a wild goose chase for weeks.
He reported the matter to detectives whereupon Pauline went into hiding. A warrant of arrest was subsequently issued against her in January, 2020. Pauline was arrested following a tip-off from “a concerned member of the public who had seen our appeal and alerted our detectives on her whereabouts,” says DCI.
She will be charged with fraud.