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3 Chinese nationals in custody for allegedly defrauding contractor Sh320M



On Monday, three Chinese nationals were detained on suspicion of cheating a local contractor out of Sh320 million in a failed business deal.

After Ederman Properties Kenya filed a complaint, the defendants, named as Le Lei, Le Chuan Chen, and Qi Zhao Zin, were taken into custody.

The suspects were hired to provide the firm with a manufacturing machine worth Sh320 million to the company owned by their colleague, according to Mwingi Sub-county Police Commander Peter Mutuma.

According to reports, the company that makes gypsum ceiling boards paid the suspects the full sum in 2020, but they supplied subpar equipment before running away.

The defendants will be charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and acquiring money by false pretense in court, the police chief said, once a Chinese interpreter is available on Wednesday.

The three ran a business called Teng Fei, as evidenced by the signing of the contract between them and Ederman Properties Kenya.

Zeyun Yang, the managing director of Ederman Ltd, claims that the trio disagreed with the specifications provided by the company and produced subpar equipment.

He asserted that the accused intended to avoid responsibility by providing the Chinese Embassy and police with fake information.

The Ederman Group At Mutwangombe along the Mwingi-Garissa route, Kenya has been producing gypsum ceiling boards since 2012.

Five Chinese nationals were detained in October with security equipment after claiming to be establishing a security firm but lacking the necessary permits.

Since there has been significant public unease regarding the entry of a sizable number of Chinese laborers as China boosts its investment, the arrest was given an exceptionally high-profile announcement.

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The government reported that before daybreak, in Nairobi’s affluent Lavington neighborhood, police and immigration agents had detained four Chinese men and one woman and found military and security equipment, including uniforms, walkie-talkies, and tear gas canisters.

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