Flamboyant businessman Jared Otieno has been arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in connection to the ongoing fake gold probe.
Last night a contingent of heavily armed policemen from the DCI raided Otieno’s palatial home in Karen but did not find him.
However, speaking to a local media, DCI George Kinoti confirmed that police cornered him late in the evening.
“He is part of a wider gang and we are still pursuing others. These people are harmful to the economy since they are selling what does not exist,” he said.
“They have wreaked havoc on many people. This is a criminal enterprise and we are determined to dismantle it.”
The detectives reportedly towed away luxurious cars and took away documents they believe will aid with investigations.
The arrest comes two days after DCI detectives raided a house in Kileleshwa impounding several bars of fake gold.
The house usually under the watch of officers from the General Service Unit (GSU) is said to belong to Otieno.
During the Monday raid, 15 suspects were arrested and eight cars impounded.
Following the recent developments Kisii politician Zaheer Jhanda has been profiled as person of interest in the recent gold fraud. Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has also been linked to scam.
The raid didn’t come as a surprise as the flamboyant businessman has been linked to related scams in the past.
In 2017, he was arrested over claims of swindling foreigners in a fake gold deal following complaints by foreign nationals who accused him of conning them of huge sums of money amounting to more than Sh187 million.
According to the police, the Mr Otieno often told the complainants that monies they sent him was used to pay government taxes and exportation expenses.
The arrest came as a shocker as he was perceived ‘untouchable’ even after several expose by local media and blogs.
In 2015, Otieno sent social media into a frenzy with his Sh15 million lavish pre-wedding with Kendi Mwiti that featured choppers and high-end fuel guzzlers.
The ceremony was attended by then Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o (now Governor), Meru’s Kiraitu Murungi and former cabinet minister Chris Obure.