A Kenyan agency charged with tracing and freezing proceeds of crime said it recently obtained an order giving it the authority to freeze bank accounts belonging to Nigerian fintech Flutterwave. The agency alleges that Flutterwave is not providing merchant services as per claims, but is instead involved in money laundering activities.
After receiving the order, Nakitare reportedly found the fintech giant’s account with Guaranty Trust Bank had close to $45 million (5.3 billion Kenyan shillings) while the company’s bank account with Equity Bank had close to $12 million. According to the report, Flutterwave’s account at Ecobank held millions in local currency at the time of the inspection.
Besides Flutterwave, the companies whose accounts were frozen include Elivalat Fintech Limited, Boxtrip Travel and Tours Limited, Bagtrip Travel Limited, Adguru Technology Limited, Hupesi Solutions, and Cruz Ride.
According to ARA, most of the money transfers were carried out in tranches of one million shillings or below. This is usually done when the instigators of the transfers are trying to avoid detection, the ARA said.
The agency also insisted that, despite the claims that Flutterwave was providing merchant services, it found “no evidence of retail transactions from customers paying for goods and services.” It added that no evidence of “settlements to the alleged merchants” was found.
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