Car importation fraud: ‘Notorious suspect’ arrested in Kenya

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Kenya, Nairobi – Patrick Olindo Aswani, a notorious fraudster arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya by Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Kenya.


Aswani is accused of fraudulently obtaining money from several innocent citizens in the pretext that he could import vehicles for them.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Nairobi Region had received many cases. So, as per the reports, victims lost millions of shillings with similar cases being reported in other police stations around the country.

“Individuals or Entities that could have fallen victim to his fraudulent activities are requested to get in touch with the Regional Criminal Investigations office, Nairobi (Adjacent to Integrity Center) for assistance,” DCI said.



According to the Japanese Car Trade, about 80,000 used cars are imported annually in Kenya, mostly from Japan. The vehicles are both for commercial and private use.

Whereas it is a legitimate business to offer importation consultancy services. A middle man handling all the paperwork on behalf of a car buyer- many have fallen victim to schemes by unscrupulous persons.

The arrest comes 3 weeks after DCI detectives arrested a fraud suspect, identified as Innocent Oundo Sillingi, at JKIA while trying to flee to Dubai.

The suspect was involved in swindling Kenyans of their money amounting to more than Sh10 million, DCI said.

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