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Ruiru: Fake Sh362m, gold recovered from house under construction

By Gitau Wanyoike | May 4th 2021

The fake money, in dollar, pound and Kenyan shilling denominations, had been neatly arranged and hidden in nylon bags. [Courtesy]

Police in Ruiru, Kiambu County have recovered Sh362 million in counterfeit currency and fake gold suspected to be owned by three Cameroonian nationals.

The possessions were on Monday evening, May 3, found in a house under construction on the Ruiru-Kiambu Road.

The fake money – in dollar, pound and Kenyan shilling denominations – had been neatly arranged and hidden in nylon bags.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers nabbed the three suspects in the incomplete house.

Paulin Francis, 44, Njikam Omar, 37 and Jacob Kentong, 31, were taken to Ruiru Police Station, where they are being held as investigations continue.

Ruiru DCI boss, Justus Ombati, said he suspects the three have been using the fake money to buy goods, and are, thereafter, given legitimate currency in the form of balance.

Ombati says they are investigating where the fake money originated from.

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Police also recovered 150kgs of fake gold, a dollar photocopying machine, passports and liquid substances taken for examination.

In 2019, police in the area recovered tens of millions of shillings in fake currency from a group.

The money was allegedly being used in a con scheme, in which the fake currency owners would call people randomly and lie to them they had won a windfall. They would, thereafter, ask the “winners” to send money so that they receive their cash prizes.

The case is still in court.

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