A woman suspected of obtaining millions of shillings from Kenyans in a fraudulent scheme known as ‘Amazon Web Worker’ is in police custody.
Stacey Marie Parker, 50, was arrested on Friday, May 28 by DCI detectives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), soon after jetting in from the United States.
DCI says Parker’s arrest follows intensive investigations by the Serious Crimes Unit that linked her to the Ponzi scheme through which unsuspecting investors lost millions of shillings.
In a well-coordinated and orchestrated scheme, investors were duped into investing their money in an online app known as Amazon Web Worker, on the premise that they would earn huge profits of up to 38% for a deposit lasting only seven days.
Social media platforms were awash with advertisements wooing Kenyans to the mouthwatering scheme, that promised to double one’s deposits in a month. In one such advertisement, investors who deposited KSh100,000 were promised KSh351,000 after 30 days!
All one needed for his/her application to be successful was to register their personal details such as full names, M-Pesa account details and mobile phone numbers in the online app.
“Unsuspecting Kenyans downloaded the app in their hundreds, registered and made their deposits. Some referred their spouses, children and close friends to the scheme, in a bid to make a fortune overnight. It is not until when the app was deleted from the internet without prior notice, that the investors discovered they had been duped.
“They were shocked to learn that the app was not in any way linked to Amazon, a multinational technology company based in the United States,” says the DCI.
App Goes Down with Millions
The app reportedly went down with deposits worth hundreds of millions of shillings from gullible investors, who had hoped to hit the jackpot, once their deposits earned profits.
Some of the duped investors reported the matter to DCI headquarters to seek assistance. Detectives swung into action immediately.
“Detectives managed to link Stacey to the syndicate after painstaking investigations revealed that she had pay-bill accounts in her name, that had a balance of KSh50 Million, believed to be deposits made by the unsuspecting victims,” adds the DCI.
The sleuths are currently pursuing other suspects in the multi-million fraud syndicate.
Parker is in police custody pending arraignment in court. She will be charged with money laundering, and computer fraud among others.