CBK detectives intensify search for suspects in KSh150 million foreigners’ cash scam

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Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and Central Bank of Kenya have heightened their search for four suspects involved in a plot through which two foreigners lost KSh150 million in the guise they were buying coffee and other artefacts.

The four, who have been at large for more than a week after three of their suspected accomplices were arrested and charged, are Begi Gesicho, Daniel Akama Okello, Peterson Samba and Rooney Adero.

Businessman – John Henry Waswa, one of the seven men earlier accused of impersonating President Uhuru Kenyatta and fraudulently obtaining KSh10m from Sameer Africa chairman, Naushad Merali – is also being pursued after investigations revealed that some of the payments were channeled through his account.

According to police, the suspects who are close associates of Waswa’s, together with a senior politician, obtained money from Mr Damir
Ryskulov and his brother by pretending that they could supply them with coffee and other artefacts.

Last month, detectives from the DCI’s Financial Investigations Unit arrested Owino Ajeck, Stephen Roberts Andere, alias Dida and Evelyne Adhiambo Osore as the rest escaped the dragnet as they are believed to be enjoying the protection of some powerful government officials and politicians, among other influential individuals and cartels.

Last week, the arrested trio were presented before court but the prosecution sought for more time to conclude investigations and nab the missing suspects.

However, questions have arisen why the four are yet to be arrested yet they have been seen going on with their normal businesses as usual and even have their phone numbers going through.

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Gesicho (pictured above), alias Izo, is the chairman of Youth for better Kenya and also the president and Chief Executive Officer of International Projects and logistics Central and East Africa, whose offices are located along Chalbi Drive in Lavington. They have initially been linked to fake gold syndicates, money laundering and gold smelting.

He unsuccessfully vied for the Emngwen parliamentary seat in 2017.

On 4 July, a payment to his account was flagged by the CBK detectives, who notified their colleagues from the FIU.

In the course of investigations, they established that the complainant had paid the money but nothing had been delivered.

Through Miscellaneous Application number 2805 of 2019 the investigating officer Superitendent Mike Muia requested the court to allow them detain the suspects for 14 days to enable them complete investigations.

The three plus five other persons yet to be arrested are to be charged with obtaining money by false pretence and money laundering, contrary to section 3, 4, and 7 of the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-money Laundering Act.

“We truly believed that they had the intention of doing genuine business with us and in good faith and trusting in them, we banked Sh 150 million into their accounts through electronic money transfer  on diverse dates,” Mr Damir said in court papers.