Detectives have arrested two suspects believed to be part of a bank fraud syndicate.
Francis Maina Wambui alias Nick and Zellic Alusa, both students at Kenyatta University, were arrested during a raid at an apartment in Nakuru’s posh Milimani estate in the company of two young ladies.
According to police, the notorious gang has been hacking into unsuspecting residents’ credit cards before using them to purchase bitcoin and convert them to Kenyan currency.
“They then use the money to live lavishly, entertain young women and buy properties,” DCI said.
The gang, the DCI noted, operate from houses in the Milimani area and has been on police radar over the past few days.
“In the sophisticated crime that is gaining currency in the country, the students create fake email accounts which they use to hack credit cards of innocent persons, especially those living in foreign countries and use them to buy bitcoins.”
Detectives recovered five laptops, four mobile phones and a document detailing a land sale agreement for a property valued at Sh850,000 in Juja.
Other items recovered during the raid include two Wi-Fi gadgets, three hard drives and assorted SIM cards.
The DCI warned that tech-savvy criminals had taken advantage of the digital currency to hack into people’s bank accounts, buy bitcoins and leave little or no trail.
Cyber forensic experts have since taken over investigations into the matter for a comprehensive analysis.
The arrest comes days after President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned the ultra-modern National Forensic Laboratory at DCI headquarters in Kiambu.
The facility will be used by security agencies to fast-track investigations of serious crimes including terrorism, murder, robbery with violence, and cyber-crime among other crimes.