A 22-year-old Kirinyaga University student, identified as Timothy Waigwa Maina, is among the lucky Kenyans who received millions of shillings from controversial Belgian billionaire, Merc De Mesel.
According to investigators, the flamboyant billionaire sent Sh 47 Million to Timothy as a gift to start a business.
Timothy is a cousin to one of De Mesel’s girlfriends.
When he was interrogated, he said that he met the billionaire in 2019.
“Sometimes in 2019, I had escorted my cousin, Serah Wambui, to Aga Khan Hospital. She got treated and from there we went to a nearby Java restaurant within Parklands.
“As we were having lunch, a white gentleman walked in and joined us. Serah introduced him to me as her boyfriend. She also introduced me to the gentleman as her cousin. The name of the white man was Merc Freddy De Mesel,” Timothy told investigators.
After their meeting, Mesel employed him as his personal assistant.
His duties included booking travels, flights, paying bills, booking hotels, making appointments and helping him run other small errands in the city.
In their agreement, Timothy was to be paid Sh 50,000 per month through cryptocurrency.
In 2021, the billionaire asked him if he wanted money to invest in a business and that’s how he got the millions.
“In early 2021, De Mesel asked me if I could accept his idea of giving me money to invest,” Timothy said.
“I told him I would think about it. After a while I accepted the offer,” he added, explaining the source of millions wired to his account.
After receiving Sh47,115,730, Timothy transferred Sh2,623,750 to his UK account domiciled at Fidon Bank and later used it to trade in cryptocurrency, he said.
The balance of Sh39 million, which was transferred to his Stanbic Bank Kenyan account, is what Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) wants to be frozen.
ARA claims the money is proceeds of crime since the Belgian billionaire is involved in money laundering.
Below are photos of the 22-year-old student who received millions from the billionaire.
He is now being treated as a suspect in the money laundering scheme.