Stacey Marie Parker Blake, the suspected mastermind of Ponzi scheme Amazon Web Worker had Ksh50 million in her account at the time of her arrest, sleuths have revealed.
The 50-year-old suspect was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport minutes after she disembarked from her flight from the US.
Ms Blake is believed to be the mastermind behind Amazon Web Worker, where investors were duped into investing their money in an online app, on the premise that they would earn huge profits of up to 38 percent for a deposit lasting only seven days.
Investors who deposited Ksh100,000 were promised Ksh351,000 after 30 days.
All one needed for his/her application to be successful was to register their personal details such as full names, M-Pesa account details and mobile phone numbers in the online app.
Unsuspecting Kenyans downloaded the app in their hundreds, registered and made their deposits. Some referred their spouses, children and close friends to the scheme, in a bid to make a fortune overnight. It is not until when the app was deleted from the internet without prior notice, that the investors discovered they had been duped.
They were shocked to learn that the app was not in any way linked to Amazon, a multinational technology company based in the United States.
The app went down with deposits worth hundreds of millions of shillings from gullible investors, who had hoped to hit the jackpot, once their deposits earned profits.
Detectives managed to link Stacey to the syndicate after investigations revealed that she had pay-bill accounts in her name, that had a balance of Ksh50 million, believed to be deposits made by the unsuspecting victims.
Serious Crimes Detectives are currently pursuing other suspects, believed to be part of the syndicate.
Meanwhile, Stacey is in Police custody pending arraignment in court, on charges of Money Laundering, Computer Fraud among other charges.