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Businessman on the spot for defrauding Nursing Home Sh948,000 in false shipping deal

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested a suspect wanted for allegedly duping a Nakuru-based nursing home, Sh948,000, in a false shipping deal.

The man identified as Samuel Mwenda Mutua, whose firm trades as World Freight Logistics Limited, is reported to have been contracted by St. Joseph’s Maternity and Nursing Home to deliver hospital equipment but disappeared after receiving payment.

The DCI established that the deal was signed last year.

The equipment, which was supposed to be shipped from China, included mortuary equipment, hospital beds, a dental chair and theatre beds.

According to the DCI, the first payment of Sh407,000 to the suspect was made on November 6, 2020.

The funds, which were transferred from Equity Bank, was deposited to the 50-year-old’s company account as payment for freight charges.

The DCI added that the payment was made after the China-based vendor consolidated the shipment into a 40-feet container and settled it on Oceanus Intn’l Logistics(Shenzen) Co. LTD  as instructed by the suspect.

Soon the goods arrived in the country on December 8, 2020. The hospital had applied for a clearance permit from the Pharmacy and Poisons Board after releasing Sh158,200 to Mwendwa’s bank account as shipping line charges and container deposits.

An extra Sh383,000 was on April 4, 2021, wired to the suspect to cater for Kenya Ports Authority rent and the World Freight Logistics agency fee, with the latter amounting to Sh183,000.

Immediately the suspect received the entire amount of Sh948,200, he cut communication with the hospital after a series of false promises that his firm would deliver the goods to the facility.

“The hospital would later make their complaint at DCI’s Complaints Directorate on realizing that not only had the suspect defrauded them, he also had their shipment auctioned on overstay grounds at the Embakasi ICD,” DCI noted in a statement on Wednesday.

The DCI investigations established that despite receiving the Sh948,200 from the hospital, Mwendwa neither paid the freight charges to Oceanus Co. Ltd, rent to KPA, nor the container deposits.

The suspect is detained awaiting arraignment to face charges of obtaining money by false pretence and forgery.

The DCI is calling upon members of the public, who may have been scammed by the suspect, to file reports at the DCI Headquarters-Operations Directorate.

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