A 36-year old man wash wash suspect is behind bars for allegedly conning an Australian businessman Kshs800,000.
Timson Tiekam Babila alias Jeremy, a Cameroonian, was arrested by DCI’s Economic and Commercial Crimes (ECCU) detectives at a hotel in Kilimani following a tip off from the complainant.
According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, the suspect was arrested alongside two of his accomplices identified as Ernest Abeng Ahuo and Ayong Ronald Aku, all Cameroonians.
“Preliminary investigations reveal that Babila, entices his clients by duping them that they will make quick cash after cleaning their fake dollars and turning the dollars into real money.
“In order to make this happen, the suspect first asks his victims for genuine money for the purchase of chemicals and other materials used to clean the fake notes, usually locked steel boxes,” a statement from the DCI read.
The Australian investor with business interests in Kenya and Dubai first gave the suspect an advance of Kshs800,000 before discovering that he had been duped.
He decided to file a report with the police in a bid to recover his thousands of shillings from the wash wash guys.
“In a bid to recover his hard earned money, he made a report at the ECCU offices in our Headquarters and the detectives immediately went for the suspects. A trap was laid at a local establishment and the suspect together with his abettors, fell for it hoping to make a killing of a lifetime,” DCI said
Detectives arrested the three suspects as they made their entrance to the local establishment.
“A heavy, black, steel box was recovered from the suspects. The suspect and his accomplices live in Ruaka, Kiambu county, that has become synonymous with ‘Wash Wash’ suspects, who live fake lives stealing from hardworking businessmen,” detectives further said.
The trio are in custody as they await processing by the detectives to answer to their crimes.
“The DCI is urging any other person who might have fallen victim to the fraudster’s tricks, to report to the officer in charge of the Economic and Commercial Crimes Unit at the DCI Headquarters,” DCI added.