Kenya Court Freeze $3.3m Belonging To Flutterwave Over Card Fraud Allegations


Nigerian Payments Startup, Flutterwave Raises $170 Million, Now Valued At Over $1 Billion

A Kenyan High Court has frozen another Sh400.6 million ($3.3 million) in three separate bank accounts and some 19 Safaricom M-Pesa Pay Bill numbers belonging to a Nigerian fintech company, Flutterwave following allegations of card fraud and money laundering by the country’s anti-corruption agency, Technext reports.

On August 25, the court granted the Asset Recovery Agency’s (ARA) request to restrict the fintech’s attempts to transfer or withdraw its funds in the three bank accounts—two in UBA and one in Access Bank—as well as the 19 Safaricom M-Pesa Pay Bill numbers.

The amounts frozen include Sh110 million in a UBA bank account, another US $ 556,622 (Sh66.7 million), Sh29.1 million in Access Bank, and Sh68 million, Sh112 million, and Sh14.5 million in a total of 19 Safaricom Paybill numbers.

But this hasn’t deterred the company from pursuing its IPO fillings.

Bloomberg reports that it’s currently preparing for an initial public offering on the Nasdaq stock exchange, even as it deals with regulatory hurdles in its key markets.

Chief Financial Officer of Flutterwave, Oneal Bhambani told Bloomberg that the company will use the funds to expand operations in its existing markets and enter new ones in Africa.

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