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Suspect arrested for attempting to defraud man KSh378,000 for son’s admission into KDF

A man disguised as a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officer has been arrested for attempting to defraud a recruit.

During the Monday arrest, James Juma was nabbed in Eldoret while conning a civilian KSh378,000. He “promised” to help secure a position for the victim’s son in the recently concluded recruitment exercise.

“The suspect issued the victim with a fake KDF calling letter bearing the son’s name,” KDF says.

Juma is in custody as investigations into the incident progress.

On November 28, police in Eldoret arrested another suspect identified as Isaac Serem in a botched attempt to defraud a potential recruit.

Serem is said to have pretended to be a senior KDF services personnel and promised to secure a position for a certain woman’s daughter.

In the process, he produced a fake calling letter from the Ministry of Defence containing a serial number, attendant stamps and a seal. With this, he was to receive a payment of KSh400,000 from the victim.

Meanwhile, KDF has once again warned Kenyans against falling into the trap of fraudsters offering them fake calling letters from the ministry.

“The field recruitment exercise was officially closed on 26th November 2021.  Official calling letters were issued at the recruitment centres by the Senior Recruiting Officer,” the military department adds.


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