- James Juma was arrested on Monday, December 6, in Eldoret for allegedly defrauding a civilian of KSh 378,000
- Juma reportedly pretended to be in a position to secure a military job for the victim’s son
- The suspect is currently in police custody awaiting to be arraigned as investigations into the matter continue
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Police have arrested a man accused of defrauding another man of KSh 378,000 by disguising himself as a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officer.
Fake KDF officer
The man who was identified as James Juma was arrested on Monday, December 6. He had allegedly hoodwinked the victim that he would secure his son a place in the military and later issued him a fake KDF calling letter bearing the son’s name.
In a statement, KDF maintained that there is currently no recruitment exercise, stating that the countrywide recruitment was officially closed on November 26, 2021.
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“James Juma, disguising as a KDF officer was on Monday, December 6 2021 arrested by police in Eldoret while conning a civilian of KSh 378,000, pretending to be in a position to secure a KDF position for the victim’s son.”
“We warn that anybody who presents a fake calling letter at the training institutions will be arrested. Official calling letters were issued at the recruitment centres by the senior recruiting officer,” the KDF said in a statement.
Juma is currently in police custody as investigations into the matter continue.
3 fraudsters impersonating senior KDF officers arrested
In a related news, police officers from Kasarani Police Station arrested three suspects who were caught trying to con members of the public on the pretext that they will recruit them into the KDF.
The suspects were identified as Elisha Onyango, Derrick Nyakundi, and Amos Mutuku. all Kenyan male adults.
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They were arrested on Monday, April 5, following complainants from Kenyans who suspected they were conning people purporting to be military officers capable of recruiting aspiring candidates into the military.
“All were arrested following a discreet operation. They are to be charged with the offence of obtaining money by false presence,” read a police report in part.
The three allegedly obtained KSh 350,000 from one Mbabu John, claiming they were in a position to recruit his son into the KDF. A recruitment letter to that effect was recovered during their arrest.
“Onyango who was found donning full military combat will be charged with impersonation and having government stores.”
Onyango was found donning a senior military officer uniform having a rank of military major.
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