Fake journalists nabbed while trying to con NGO out of KES 750 000
11 January 2016, 12:39
Bungoma - Two fake journalists have been arrested in Bungoma town as they tried to extort KES 750 000 pretending to be reporters working with Nation Media Group.
Confirming the arrest, Bungoma County Administration Police Commander Paul Soi said the officers arrested the two after a complaint was lodged over impersonation by a director of the Rise Up NGO, Jim Nduruchi.
The two, Glen Kisiangani and Ken Wamukota are said to have tried to extort money from the local NGO director over a story that was allegedly aired by NTV sometimes back.
Nduruchi said the two had demanded KES 750 000 from him in pretext that they would help clear the NGO’s name in the media.
The director disclosed that the two had claimed to be Nation Media Group reporters from Nairobi alleging that they were able to help pull down the story from You Tube.
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Soi said that one of the accused, Kisiangani had been threatening the NGO director and wanted him to release the money on time so that the story can be pulled down.
He confirmed that the two suspects had already pocketed a total of KES 110 000 in their extortion bid and at the time of their apprehension, they were to receive KES 50 000.
He added that police are still conducting investigations into the matter saying that there was a cartel who were determined to extort money from the complainant.
“We have arrested two people who were impersonating Nation Media employees and were trying to extort money from an NGO. We believe that this is a cartel and we will conduct investigations and ensure that all those involved are arrested,” said Soi.
The communication showed that the man identified as Mike Wainaina had stated that the client was willing to part with the money once the video was pulled down.
“You know this story fimbo ya mnyonge? He can give u 700k…if utaeza toa hiyo story you tube,” read the messages on Kisiang’ani’s phone.
Nduruchi said he had given them money on various dates that amounted to about KES 150 000.
“They seemed connish the way they were harassing me and that’s when I decided to inform the police who laid a trap and arrested Glen while his accomplice was arrested at Sikata market in the outskirts of Bungoma town,” said Nduruchi.
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