Police in Kenya say they have a busted a seven-man syndicate which allegedly impersonated President Uhuru Kenyatta and other government officials to defraud local business tycoon Naushad Merali of a huge sum of money.

One of the men phoned Merali, the chairman of Sameer Africa, mimicking the president’s voice and persuading him to release money to facilitate business deal.

The exact amount is unclear, but a news source gave a figure of 10 million shillings about 100 thousand dollars, while another put the amount at 80 million shillings.

The seven appeared in court on Tuesday, but have not yet been charged.

Police said they needed more time to carry out investigations.