A Kenyan family from Mwamarita village, Kisii County is in shock after learning that their son who lives in the US faked his parents’ death to solicit money from friends and well-wishers.
Kenfrey Ondabu of Texas is said to have printed fake obituaries and death certificates in collusion with some people back in Kenya.
To further support his lie, he printed photos of men digging a grave where his ‘deceased’ parents were supposed to be laid to rest and a funeral program.
Ondabu used the fabricated documents do deceive his friends in the US into making contributions towards his parents’ burial arrangements in July. It is yet to be established how much Ondabu raised from his friends,
But Ondabu’s scheme was exposed after one of his friends, who also resides in the US, traveled home in Kisii only to find his parents are alive and healthy.
Zacharia Ondabu, the suspect’s father said the family was not aware that their son conned people by faking their deaths. He wants police to conduct a probe into the matter.
"We want to know who printed the papers lying that we were dead," Zacharia told Citizen TV on Thursday.
Reports indicate Ondabu may have conspired with a local chief and other people Kisii to produce fake death certificates.
Another family member said: "We want justice to be served and if it means going to court, we are ready."