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Detectives Crack Examination Fraud Syndicate

In conjunction with the ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary School Examination (KCSE) tests, police have detained four university students. The accused are suspected of being involved in high-level examination fraud in the country, according to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). Following intelligence reports of the sale of examination papers to KCSE applicants, varsity students from several institutes of higher learning were arrested.

The investigations were initiated exactly one week ago, according to the DCI, by investigators linked to the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), which led to the arrests. Gideon Kibet Tanui alias Evans Kipruto, an Information Technology student at Baringo Technical College, was apprehended from his rented room next to the college on March 15, at around 10:30 a.m., while he was busy administering English paper 2 and Chemistry paper 1 to students of Silibwet and Sitoito secondary schools in Molo, via his WhatsApp group, which has a following of 70 members.
The suspect, who was selling exam papers for Sh500 each, was also found to be a member of two bogus examination Telegram groups with over 17,000 members. The IT student, who had over Sh10,000 in his Mpesa account at the time of his detention, also had a separate KCB account at the Kabarnet branch, where he quickly transferred the cash received from his Mpesa to avoid reversals. The SIM card he was using was apparently registered with the identification credentials of one Evans Kiprono in order to conceal his identity.
Tanui is said to have engaged the detectives in a hide-and-seek game since last Sunday, from the characteristically cold Molo highlands to Kabarnet in Baringo, where he was finally cornered. In an operation that also involved the DCI social media sleuths and a Twitter admin who posed as a candidate, Tanui is said to have engaged the detectives in a hide-and-seek game since last Sunday, from the characteristically cold Molo high Tanui then led the detectives to Kevin Kiprotich Langat, a Rongo University Swahili bachelor’s degree student who was arrested on Thursday.

Langat had forwarded the English paper to the first suspect, who was in frequent contact with him. A larger syndicate of test fraudsters operated at Rongo University, in a Telegram group dubbed the ‘Kale Group,’ which was founded under the moniker ‘Bailing Out,’ among other names.

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