Student Fakes Kidnapping to Fleece 90K From Parents but Swindled As Well
A male student at Makindu Medical Training College who is undertaking medicine is being in police custody at the Kayole Police Station in Nairobi county after faking his own kidnapping to swindle money from his parents.
Edwin Kamau, 23 year old medical student, brought about his kidnapping on the third of July, Sunday. He blocked his father number from reaching him but would contact the mother later, telling her about the fake “kidnapping” incident.
According to a report from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Edwin Kamau told his mother that the “kidnappers” were demanding for 70k as a ranso before releasing him from their custody.
His shaken parents reported the matter to police officers, who acted promptly and launched a manhunt for the kidnappers, said the DCI.
However, as the police Officers were tracking Kamau’s kidnappers, kamau continued persuading his mother to send the ransom, saying that the kidnappers were threatening to kill him if the money is not sent to them.
Fearing for the worst, the parents gave in and sent 10k to the kidnappers via mpesa so as to secure their son’s life and freedom. The money was sent on Wednesday.
Yesterday, the boy’s parents also sent another 40k as ransom to the alleged kidnappers.
On getting the first 10k, kamau proceeded to a club in thika town so that he could have fun. At the club he met a lady whom he was to enjoy the moment with.
The lady however turned out to be a “Michelle babe”. She spiked his drink with with an unknown substance and as usual she took off with the cash.
After regaining his consciousness, Edwin Kamau called his parents who sent another forty thousand shillings. He withdrew the money and kept it in his shoes for security reasons.
Unfortunately to him, detectives who were tracking down his alleged kidnappers found him roaming around.
The caught him and began questioning him. After being questioned, Edwin Kamau revealed that he devised the fake story so that he could get money from his parents for his school fees in college.
He also revealed that his parents had given him money to clear all the fees but he squandered all the money and he could tell his parents. To save himself from having to explain to his parents what happened he faked his kidnapping to get the money.
He further disclosed that he had been ‘kidnapped’ together with other two students (classmates) whose parents had paid their ransoms.
The police officers recovered 38,600 shillings from Kamau. He is now in police custody waiting to be arraigned in court.