DCI Responds After Woman Claims Kasarani Officers Stole Her Ksh413K

DCI found that the woman, identified as Irene and who social media reports identified her as Glo Lynn, wanted to send some money to her sister in Kenya

DCI Responds After Woman Claims Kasarani Officers Stole Her Ksh413K
A collage of Glo Lynn (left) and Directorate of Criminal Investigation Boss Amin Mohammed. /DERRICK MBUGUA.DCI

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has issued a response to a viral self-recorded video where a Kenyan woman working in Saudi Arabia claimed to have been conned a total of Ksh413,000 by officers at the Kasarani Police Station.

In a statement on Saturday, February 24, the investigative agency revealed that its Director, Mohamed Amin, had instructed the DCI's Nairobi Region Coordinator to launch a thorough probe into the allegations with the view of taking appropriate measures to deliver justice.

Regarding the probe, DCI found that the woman, identified as Irene Waithera Maina and who social media reports identified as Glo Lynn, wanted to send some money to her sister in Kenya so she went to the bank where she left the Ksh413,000 and her sister's details with the teller.

An image of Kasarani police station. /K24 DIGITAL

She was instructed to wait for three days before the money would reflect in her sister's account, but on the expiry of the period, her sister confirmed that she had not received the money.

"The complainant returned to the bank only to find that the amount was erroneously deposited to a different mobile subscriber registered in the name of William Otieno.

"The bank tried to reverse the transaction but only managed to reverse Ksh171,000 while the balance of Ksh242,000 had already been withdrawn by the unintended recipient," DCI stated in part.

The complainant decided to board a flight to Kenya to follow up on the matter and reported at Kasarani Police Station where the case was referred to the DCI Kasarani for action.

Two detectives were assigned the case where they launched investigations into, "Intentionally Withholding Payment Delivered Erroneously Contrary to Section 35 of Computer Misuse and Cyber Crime Act no. 5 of 2018."

"Upon investigations, William Otieno was traced to the Bande area at the Kenya-Tanzania border during the Christmas period, before he relocated to Mombasa at the Likoni area. On January 13, 2024, the suspect was nabbed and booked at Inuka Police Station in Likoni," added the DCI.

In compliance with the 24-hour rule within which a suspect must be arraigned before a magistrate, the suspect was released on a Ksh22,000 cash bail but thereafter switched off his phone.

On February 20, 2024, the investigating officers got a tip on the whereabouts of the suspect, so they proceeded to Mombasa and managed to arrest the suspect the following day.

On Thursday, February 22, the suspect was arraigned at Makadara Law Court where he was charged and granted bail of Ksh200,000 with a surety of Ksh400,000.

The case will be mentioned on June 18, 2024, with its hearing scheduled for October 24, 2024.

DCI stated that whereas the case is Pending Before Court (PBC), the alleged misconduct of the investigating officers will be investigated and appropriate action taken.

A collage of Glo Lyn in Kenya. /DERRICK MBUGUA