Ksh1.5 Billion in Fake US Dollars Seized During Raid
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Tuesday, December 10 confirmed seizure of Ksh1.5 billion in fake US dollars at Pangani, Nairobi County.
In a statement by DCI, the fake dollar notes were stashed in a bag found inside a room at Eden House Flats within Pangani Shopping Centre.
“Over 15 million fake US dollars was early today seized from a room at Eden House Flats in Pangani Shopping Centre- Nairobi, and a 29-year-old suspect, Yassin Ahmed Osman, arrested,” DCI informed.
Detectives further indicated that members the public acted in good faith by contacting the officers who followed up on the suspect, leading to his arrest.
“Acting on intelligence, detectives stormed the house and conducted a search, upon which a black bag containing the fake currency notes [were] found and confiscated. The suspect was placed in custody pending arraignment, with DCI Kenya Starehe detectives pursuing the case to neutralize the entire chain of perpetrators,” further read the statement by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
According to an article by Citizen Digital, on October 23, 2019, detectives arrested three suspects with fake euros amounting to Ksh102 million.
The three; Mary Muthoni, Rose Wambui and Tabitha Mukuha, were nabbed with the fake currency at a house in Kimbo, Ruiru, Kiambu County in an intelligence-led operation.
The money was stashed in 100 fake euro denominations had been stashed in a locked safe box.
“A thorough search in the house occupied by the three ladies led the detectives to a suspicious strongly locked safe box. They managed to unlock it later and found the over 880,090 euros (fake) in 100 denominations,” reported the DCI in a statement, as quoted by Citizen Digital.
In February 2019, sleuths nabbed fake money amounting to Ksh32 billion and fake gold that was hidden in a house in Ruiru, Kiambu County.
In the raid, 8 suspects were arrested but were later released on a Ksh100,000 bail each.
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