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The suspect was on Wednesday morning arraigned before Justice R.K Ondieki. 

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has arrested Kelvin Mwaura Ngotho, the main suspect in a Sh2.85 billion gold scam investigation involving two Malaysian nationals.

In a statement on Wednesday, February 28, DCi said the suspect was apprehended on Tuesday by the Operations Support Unit detectives at the Milimani Law Courts premises where he was appearing for another gold scam case.

“Mwaura was arrested at the same court premises when he appeared for the hearing of yet another gold scam case in which he is out on bond,” read the statement in part.

According to the DCI, the suspect masterminded a near-success $19,000,000 gold scam deal orchestrated by an 8-member gang and has been on the police radar since December 27, 2023.

Mwaura was the tenant of the Lavington-based premises in which the gang operated, having entered a tenancy agreement with the landlord to use the property as a residential house.

Photo collage of Kelvin Mwaura. 

“On the day when the deal involving 50kg in fake gold was to be sealed, detectives stormed the house where Mwaura's seven accomplices were rounded up but he managed to escape. They have since been arraigned,” DCI added.

The suspect was on Wednesday morning arraigned before Justice R.K Ondieki and charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and Attempt to commit a felony.

Mwaura pleaded not guilty to both charges and was admitted to a bond of Sh3 million or alternative cash bail of Ksh1 million.

The case will be mentioned on March 13, 2024.