Ksh37B Fake Currency, Gold Seized in Ruiru

Ksh37B Fake Currency, Gold Seized in Ruiru

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Detectives in Ruiru, Kiambu county apprehended three foreigners with over Ksh 35 billion ($350 million) in fake US currency.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigation sleuths, on Tuesday, May 4, said that they tracked the three Cameroonians to a house still under construction where they seized the currency. 

They also recovered one Glock pistol and 28 rounds of 9mm calibre. 

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Over Ksh 37 billion fake currency seized on May 4, 2021.

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“Two suspects were found to be in the country illegally while the third suspect holds a refugee identity card.

“In an operation conducted last evening, the detectives also recovered over 250 kilograms of fake gold nuggets and gold bars,” DCI stated.

Detectives later raided the main suspect’s Muthaiga home where they recovered one Glock pistol and 28 rounds of 9mm calibre pistol. 

Detailed investigations revealed that the firearm belonged to a fourth suspect, who was holding it illegally since her firearms license had expired. 

“She (the fourth suspect) operates over 10 mobile money outlets and detectives believe that she is the link between the suspects and a wider criminal syndicate that is defrauding unsuspecting members of the public,” detectives added. 

The arrests come barely a week after police arrested two individuals in a Kilimani apartment, and recovered fake notes worth Ksh 750 million. The notes were in Kenyan, US and Euro denominations.  

Police said that the fake currencies amounted to $6.2 million, 490,000 Euros and Ksh6.4 million.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 14, 2020, warned that cybercrime and money laundering was on the rise in Kenya. 

It added that Kenya is a source of scams and destination of money garnered through cyber fraud. 

Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road

Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road

Simon Kiragu

Kenyans.co.ke

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