Sim Swap Suspect Remanded For Two Days

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A sim swap suspect David Mutai will remain in custody for two days pending investigations.

In a ruling issued on Tuesday, a court said that Mutai will show up at the Kiambu Law Courts on January 5 so that his bail request can be decided.

In order to complete their investigations, police had urged the court to hold the suspect for an additional seven days.

The application was opposed by Mutai's attorney, who claimed that refusing him bond or bail violated his constitutional rights.

Mutai was arrested for being a de facto leader of the criminal enterprise, responsible for a SIM swap scam in which phone scammers hijack a victim's cell phone number and use it to gain access to sensitive personal data and bank accounts through the mobile banking applications available on mobile phones.

In a recent case leading that led to the arrest of two of his accomplices, the scammers had siphoned Sh941,000 (US$9410) from a bank account belonging to a legislator from Rift Valley, who was out of the country on official duties between December 2 and 3 2022.

Following the incident reported by the legislator, one of Mutai's lieutenants Justus Rono, 28, was tracked down by detectives and arrested in the fraudsters paradise of Mulot, a dusty town shared between Bomet and Narok counties, Kenya's Rift Valley.

Rono, who disguises himself as a motorcycle operator, is one of the main suspect's trusted allies, who ferries him on his bike discreetly to avoid detection from our hawk-eyed sleuths.

Images of Rono showing off wads of cash following some of the successful operations that they have conducted were also obtained by the detectives.

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