By Augustine Ehikioya
The Kenyan Police have arrested three suspects for Money Laundering, at an apartment in Nairobi’s Kileleshwa area.
A press statement by the Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI),
Kenya Police Service, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA), said a stealth operation by DCI’s Transnational Organized Crime detectives led to the arrest.
It said “During the operation conducted yesterday evening, three suspects were found with assorted fake local and foreign currencies.
‘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 three are believed to be part of a syndicate that is behind the rising cases of money laundering, commonly known as wash-wash”.
The statement added “Several fake US dollar notes in denominations of 100 and a machine believed to be used in developing the fake notes were found in the house, before the search was extended to the basement parking”.
In a Honda Fit KCY 695X owned by one of the suspects, it said “detectives recovered three copies of a fake letter purportedly from the Central Bank of Kenya notifying receipt of Sh10billion, two copies of United Nations invoices, a forged anti-money laundering clearance certificate, a packet of white powder labeled ‘Best Quality Laundry Starch’, a bottle containing bluish fluid, 45 USD notes in 100 denominations and 166 notes of Kenyan currency in Sh1000 denominations.
The caretaker of the apartment, a 54-yr-old Ethan Mureithi, who vehemently obstructed the detectives from conducting the operation within the facility, was also “arrested and will face appropriate charges”.
The statement said while the wash-wash suspects Abdulaziz Hassan, Ntoya and Busimbi are in custody pending arraignment, their vehicle was also impounded.