Detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have picked three persons suspected of money laundering, a week after an expose by blogger Edgar Obare.
In a statement, the DCI said the three were picked on the night of Thursday, September 2, during an operation by DCI’s Transnational Organized Crime detectives at an apartment in Nairobi’s posh Kileleshwa estate.
According to the DCI, the suspects were found in possession of assorted fake local and foreign currencies and equipment believed to be used in the printing of fake currencies. The three are currently being questioned even as investigations gather pace.
In the statement, the DCI stated that the three suspects were in possession of several fake US dollar notes in denominations of 100.
Detectives also recovered a machine believed to be used in developing the fake notes that were found in the house.”The detectives acting on intelligence had launched an operation at Midea Apartment’s house number 101, therein ambushing Abdulaziz Ibrahim Hassan, 54, Dorcas Ntoya, 34 and 26-year-old Arum Bob Busimbi,” the DCI said in a statement.
The sleuths said they suspect the three are part of a larger syndicate that is behind the rising cases of money laundering in the country.
DCI detectives proceeded to search the basement parking area where a vehicle owned by one of the suspects was searched and the sleuths found three copies of a fake letter purportedly from the Central Bank of Kenya, notifying receipt of Ksh10billion.
Further, the DCI recovered two copies of United Nations invoices and a forged anti-money laundering clearance certificate .
According to the DCI, they recovered a packet of white powder labelled ‘Best Quality Laundry Starch’, a bottle containing a bluish substance, 45 USD notes in 100 denominations and 166 notes of Kenyan currency in Ksh1000 denominations.
The DCI stated they had arrested the caretaker of the apartment after he attempted to block them from searching the vehicle where the counterfeit notes were found.
“54-yr-old Ethan Mureithi, the caretaker of the apartment, who vehemently obstructed the detectives from conducting the operation within the facility was also arrested and will face appropriate charges,” the statement from the sleuths read in part.
Sourced from Kenyans.co.ke