Cameroonian ‘wash wash’ suspect arrested in Kenya for conning Australian businessman Ksh0.8M

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 13 Jan, 2022 18:38 | < 1 min read

A Cameroonian national is in police custody after conning an Australian businessman based in Kenya.

According to Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Timson Tiekam Babila alias Jeremy, was arrested by Economic and Commercial Crimes (ECCU) detectives on Wednesday at a hotel in Kilimani area after the complainant reported him.

Babila, 36, who is believed to be a ‘wash wash’ specialist, was arrested together with two other accomplices, Ernest Abeng Ahuo and Ayong Ronald Aku, all Cameroonian citizens.

"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," DCI said.

DCI added: "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."

The Australian investor lost Ksh800, 000 in the incident, before he discovered that he had been ‘washed’.

"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," DCI stated.

A heavy, black, steel box was recovered from the suspects.

The suspect and his accomplices live in Ruaka, Kiambu county.