USD 439 trillion? Kenyans poke holes in DCI mega fraud bust

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) yesterday announced that they had arrested eight suspects in an allegedly ‘USD 439 trillion’ mega fraud targeting two foreign businessmen from the Netherlands.

The DCI said the suspects, posing as customs officers, tricked the businessmen into believing they had a consignment of 40 pallets containing USD 4 billion stuck at the Kenya Customs Warehouse. They demanded a USD 36,000 duty fee to release the pallets, which were supposed to be flown to Dubai.

When the businessmen arrived at the warehouse to pay the fee, DCI operatives, acting on a tip-off, stormed the premises and arrested the eight suspects.

However, the astronomical figure of 439 trillion dollars raised scepticism among Kenyans on X, formerly Twitter, with many questioning the accuracy of the entire report.

A user @TonyAlexIrungu pointed out that the US economy is valued at USD 26.950 trillion, making the alleged USD 439 trillion figure seem unrealistic.

David Ndii, the chairperson of President William Ruto’s Council of Economic Affairs, echoed the same sentiment, questioning how the amount could be 220 times the total USD in circulation, which is estimated to be around USD 2 trillion.

Although the DCI statement clearly focused on counterfeit currency, this did not stop users from weighing in on the improbable values presented by the crime busters.

Other users @AdamMaina_ and @simon_aspireke drew attention to the discrepancy between the alleged amount and the fact that such a vast sum of money has never been known to exist.

@kachwanya further highlights the absurdity of the figure, comparing it to the total world economy, which is estimated to be around USD 100 trillion.

The DCI has confirmed that the figure was provided by the Dutch businessmen who were targeted in the scam and that they were equally shocked, but they are still investigating the case and will provide updates as they become available.

In addition to the arrests, DCI detectives also seized several boxes stashed with fake US dollars, suspected stolen jungle fatigues for Administration Police Service(APS) officers, military boots, customs reflector jackets, and other items.

Investigations are ongoing to determine the full extent of the fraud and the source of the fake dollars.

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