A businessman accused of defrauding a Nakuru-based nursing home of Sh948, 000 in a fake shipping deal has been arrested.
The man identified as Samwel Mwendwa Mutua is said to have been contracted on November 6, 2020, by St. Joseph’s Maternity and Nursing Home to deliver hospital equipment that was to be shipped from China.
The equipment included hospital beds, mortuary equipment, theater beds and a dental chair but none was shipped in.
According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, a series of payments were made to the suspect by the nursing home with the first payment said to be Sh407, 000.
The nursing home wired the money to the suspect’s company account held at a local bank from its Equity Bank account.
“The payments were made after the China-based vendor consolidated the shipment into a 40-feet container and settled it on Oceanus Intn’l Logistics (Shenzen) Co. Ltd as guided by the suspect.
The second disbursement of Sh158, 200 was wired to the suspect’s account believed to be shipping line charges and container deposits.
At this point, the goods are reported to have arrived in the country on December 8, 2020, and it was then that the hospital applied for a clearance permit from the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.