Three university students were arraigned in court for defrauding millions of Kenyans in an ‘exam leakage scam’.The trio was allegedly soliciting money from unsuspecting Kenyans through the telegram app. They purported to be in possession of the forthcoming national examinations.
Following a tip, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations launched an investigation into the matter. It uncovered the three students who are believed to be part of a larger group conning parents, teachers, and students.
The mastermind of the group Kelvin Ananda Mogaka, alias Prof Lenchodas, 24, a 4th year Bachelor of Science in Education Mathematics & Physics was hunted down by the detective, who led them to his house in Njoro, Nakuru county.
The three had created two telegram groups with over 13,000 followers, where he allegedly solicited millions of shillings from parents, who parted with between Sh5,000 to Sh20,000 to help their children access the examination before the stipulated timelines of the Kenya National Examinations Council. Instructions on how payment would be made were given in the telegram group.
The detectives recovered dozens of SIM cards & identity cards that the suspects had used to open fraudulent MPESA & bank accounts where the money would be banked.
In one Equity bank account, belonging to the suspect’s brother 2 million was flagged. The suspects also operated a KCB bank branch.
Mogaka had informed his family that he had won a jackpot and would be sending money home to put a house in their rural home
The suspect led the detectives to two other accomplices, Francis Manyara Ogata alias prof Ranchodas, and Bravin Ombongi, fourth-year students at Egerton University.
Among the recovered pieces of evidence were eight identity cards, ATM cards linked to the suspect's bank accounts, and six mobile phones.
The suspects are now appearing in Milimani Courts to answer charges.