A 42-year-old man has been arrested for impersonating a Firearms Licensing Board (FLB) officer and issuing fake gun licenses to members of the public seeking to own firearms.
Dominic Ondari Ombogi was busted by detectives in possession of assorted fake FLB documents and stamps at his Nguluni home in Matungulu, Machakos County.
His arrest followed an order obtained from Kahawa law courts after intelligence reports placed him at the core of a dreadful syndicate that issues fake firearm certificates to non-vetted applicants.
“Ondari has been battling accusations of Stealing a Firearm and Making a Document Without Authority at the City Court, and has been out on Sh500,000 bond,” the DCI said.
He is accused of duping a young man from Kajiado into believing that he could transfer the certificate of his late father's firearm into his name before he allegedly stole the firearm.
Preliminary investigations established that Ondari, who allegedly poses as a well-connected resource person in the firearms board, has never sat at the Firearms Licensing Board as he alleges.
Upon his arrest, assorted filled firearm application forms, psychiatrist reports from Mathari Referral Hospital bearing different names, a seal from the Central Firearms Bureau, various FLB and Armatech Kenya Ltd rubbers stamps, four civilian firearm certificates, forged letters allegedly from the Nairobi region police command and several bank statements were seized.
Police established that Ondari, jointly with others who impersonate officials in the board, targets vulnerable victims who are ain a hurry to obtain firearm certificates.
“He even renews the certificates periodically at a cost of Sh6,000,” police added.
The suspect is being detained at Muthaiga police station to pave the way for investigations to establish other accomplices.
The matter will be mentioned at Kahawa law court on March 10th, where Ondari will face charges of being in possession of implements of forgery and making documents without authority.