A woman suspected of obtaining millions of shillings from Kenyans in a fraudulent scheme known as ‘Amazon Web Worker’ has been set free by a Kiambu Court.
Stacey Marie Parker, an American, was arrested on Friday, May 28 at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, soon after jetting in from the United States.
Kiambu Resident Magistrate Wilson Radin said there was no compelling evidence to charge Parker of the alleged crimes.
At the time of her arrest, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations said they had solid evidence linking her to the Ponzi scheme.
Investors were promised up to 38% returns on their deposits in only seven days. Social media platforms were awash with advertisements wooing Kenyans to the mouth watering scheme. In one such advertisement, investors were promised KSh351,000 from KSh100,000 seed capital in only 30 days!
The fake Amazon
All one needed was to register his/her personal details notably full name, M-Pesa account details and mobile phone number 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,” said the DCI.
KSh50million down the gutter
Some of the duped investors reported the matter to DCI headquarters.
“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,” said the DCI at the time of Stacey’s arrest.
Parker had been charged with money laundering, and computer fraud among others.