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Three Iranian M-PESA Thieves Arrested In Ruiru.

Three Iranian nationals have been arrested in connection with a syndicate involving mobile phone-based money transfer.

The three, among them a woman, were nabbed when they attempted to defraud a Safaricom customer care shop in Ruiru Town.

The suspects, Zainab Firouzan, Hussein Ibrahim and Ahmed Firouzan are said to be very notorious criminals who have been terrorising M-PESA agents across the country.

Confirming the incident, Ruiru OCPD Isaac Thuranira said that police received tip off that three Iranians had attempted to steal from the Safaricom shop and tracked them down the suspects to their hide out in a hotel in South B.

“After doing our investigations, we found out that the suspects were staying at a hotel in Nairobi’s South ‘C’ Estate. Our officers were able to track down the suspects and arrested them in their hide out,” explained Thuranira.

Thuranira said that the woman was used as a decoy to confuse shop owners while the two men swiftly stole from unsuspecting businessmen. He added that the suspects were also wanted by the police in Kilifi where they were caught on CCTV cameras stealing from an M-PESA shop before making away with Kshs.22, 000.

The three had passports which indicated that they had travelled into Kenya from Rwanda where it is suspected they were also conning people. Thuranira said they will be investigating to know if the passports were valid and if the suspects were legally in the country.

He warned members of the public to volunteer information concerning the two so that they could build a solid case against them. 

They were arraigned in a Thika court on Friday awaiting to appear in a Kilifi court to answer similar charges.

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