21-Year-Old Student Felesta Njoroge Fights To Stop State From Freezing Ksh102 Million In Her Bank Account

Felesta Nyamathira Njoroge with her her Belgian boyfriend De Mesel Marc.
Felesta Nyamathira Njoroge with her her Belgian boyfriend De Mesel Marc.

Assets Recovery Agency was after 21-year-old student Felesta Nyamathira Njoroge after Ksh 102,654,024 was found in her Cooperative bank account.

Felesta, a student at the Nairobi Institute of Technical Education, stunned detectives after a large sum of money was found in her bank account.

The mystery of the large sum led detectives on the trail of Felesta. It has been determined that the said Cooperative bank account is the sole signatory and usufruct owner.

The huge amount was deposited in 4 transactions in just 3 days (4 August - 6 August 2021). The bank account was brand new, opened just days before the massive transaction.

Felesta Nyamathira Njoroge with her her Belgian boyfriend De Mesel Marc.
 Felesta Nyamathira Njoroge with her her Belgian boyfriend De Mesel Marc.

On 4 August, a total of Ksh 25,803,756 was deposited into Felesta's Cooperative bank account. On August 5, Ksh26.028.156 and Ksh25.242.756 Ksh25.242.756 were deposited in two separate transactions. A further Ksh 25,579,356 was deposited on 6 August.

Assets Recovery Agency summoned Felesta on October 18 to explain the suspicious transactions, but he did not show up.

The 21-year-old sent his lawyers, who said the subpoena was unclear, and asked detectives to provide appropriate details about the crime he allegedly committed.

Two days later, Felesta's defense informed the Assets Recovery Agency that their client had moved out of the country.

Felesta Nyamathira Njoroge with her her Belgian boyfriend De Mesel Marc.
 Felesta Nyamathira Njoroge with her her Belgian boyfriend De Mesel Marc.


Felesta Nyamathira Njoroge with her her Belgian boyfriend De Mesel Marc.
 Felesta Nyamathira Njoroge with her her Belgian boyfriend De Mesel Marc.

"We would like to inform you that our client Felesta is not currently in Kenya and actually left the country on October 2, 2021. We have no information on when our client will return to Kenya." Felesta's plea is read.

Detectives suspect that Felesta may be part of a money laundering ring involving foreigners.

 The Asset Recovery Agency has now petitioned the court to order the freezing of Felesta's Cooperative bank account holding Ksh 102 million.

“There are reasonable grounds to suspect that the funds held in account 02100705531800 with the Cooperative Bank on behalf of the Defendant are illicit funds designed to disguise and disguise the nature of the addressee involved in a money laundering scheme, the source location and movement of funds,” it writes.

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"Unless this honorable court carries out the orders requested, the economic advantage gained from the commission of crimes will continue to benefit a few at the expense of the general public," said investigating officer Fredrick Musyoki's affidavit.

In his defense, Felesta revealed that the millions in his bank account were deposited by his millionaire Belgian boyfriend, De Mesel Marc.

"Preliminary investigations determined that the defendant opened his suspect account solely to receive the funds in question, which he declared came from 'my boyfriend', and to invest in land projects and safaris," it reads.

De Marc has since signed an affidavit, acknowledging that he sent the money for Felesta to use as he wished.

“I hereby accept that the donor will be the full and absolute legal owner of the gift and will be free to use the amount of the gift on his own, although I hope it will create financial security for himself and our future children. It will happen,” says De Marc's affidavit.

The Belgian is said to be a bitcoin multimillionaire who has no problem transferring a few coins to his girlfriend's bank account.

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