by Beatrice Ambasa
June 3, 2021

Many paint love as a bed of roses, well, at least not for a senior manager of a money lending firm, Tala, who was conned sh. 9 million by her Ghanaian boyfriend.

It is alleged that the man who has been identified as Victor Anane met his victim in an online dating site, where he presented himself as a preacher who performs miracles, and who would help the senior manager get promoted at her workplace instantly according to the DCI reports.

Anane is also alleged to have told his victim her fortunes would increase if she falls in love with him. The woman obliged.

"As their love blossomed, the lady was invited to the man's residence at Transview Estate in Athi River," said the DCI.

The detectives claim the victim had already given her boyfriend Sh9 million "in unclear circumstances".

"Some of the money she is believed to have given him had been obtained from accounts belonging to [her employer], Tala agencies," said the DCI.

Upon visiting her lover at his Athi River home, the woman was shocked to find witchcraft-related paraphernalia in the house.

"What was meant to be a romantic date turned ugly as the woman demanded to know how the man of the cloth she had fallen in love with possessed paraphernalia associated with dark powers," said the DCI.

The DCI says it was then that the woman discovered she had been conned out of her Sh9 million.

"Detectives raided the suspect's house where the paraphernalia related to witchcraft was recovered."

The law enforcement officers further obtained Sh76,000 in fake currency and other materials used in printing counterfeit notes.

"The investigators further established that the suspect, who masquerades as a preacher, approach innocent women looking for love and affection online, with promises of making their lives better before fraudulently obtaining money from them," said the DCI.

The suspect is detained at a Nairobi police station and will be charged with obtaining money by false pretense soon, the DCI said.