In Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, police have arrested a woman accused of defrauding a foreigner ksh 300,000 (more than $2,700) in a fake gold business deal.
The woman identified as Pauline Adhiambo Odok, popularly known as Rose Omamo, was arrested on Thursday following a tip-off from a public member after being on the run for almost a year.
Along with other accomplices in 2019, Pauline is said to have lured Southorn Chanthavong, a director of Simon Group Company based in Lao, to an office in Nairobi’s Kileleshwa estate, where they showed him genuine gold bars in heavy metal boxes and reached an agreement to sell him gold.
After a few meetings between May 8, 2019, and May 25, 2019, Southorn paid the amount on the promise that it would be delivered to his home country in Lao, said the country’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
Realizing he has been conned, Southorn reported the matter to the local authorities, and the suspect went missing.
“It is after he had parted with the money being payment for the consignment that things started going south. Chanthavong, who had been told to wait for his shipment in Lao, a top rice producing country in Southeast Asia, realized that he had been conned after being taken on a wild goose chase for weeks, when the shipment failed to arrive,” said DCI.
The detectives said Pauline is pretending to be a top government official’s relative to earn her victims’ trust.