Detectives Arrest Foreigners Over Ksh350m in Fake Currency

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives based in Ruiru, Kiambu County, have arrested three Cameroonian nationals in alleged possession of more than Ksh350 million in fake American dollars and British pounds.

The suspects, Paulin Francis Proper and Njikam Omar, were also said to be in the country illegally, while the third one, Job Kentong, holds a refugee identity card.

During their arrests, the sleuths also seized one Glock pistol and 28 rounds of 9mm-calibre ammunition.

In an operation conducted on Monday evening, 3rd May, within the BTL area of Ruiru, the detectives also recovered more than 250 kilogrammes of fake gold nuggets and bars.

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Fake gold nuggets

After interrogating Paulin Francis, the main suspect, the detectives raided his house in Muthaiga North, Nairobi, where the firearm was recovered. Detailed investigations revealed that the firearm belonged to a fourth suspect, Loise Kaguongo, who was holding it illegally as her firearm licence had expired.

Kaguongo operates more than 10 mobile money outlets and detectives believe that she is the link between the suspects and a wider criminal syndicate that has been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.

Their arrest comes just days after detectives arrested another group with counterfeit currencies in Kilimani, Nairobi.

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The suspects, Samuel Maina and BonifaceMungai, were allegedly found with fake currencies amounting to hundreds of millions of shillings, at a house in the Makaazi Apartments in the upmarket Kilimani neighbourhood.

A total of 6.8 million in fake US dollars, 490,000 fake Euros, and Ksh6.4 million were allegedly found stashed in metal boxes.

Also recovered were jerricans with an unknown liquid, DeLaRue branded badges, and a seal, all suspected to be used in the printing of the fake currencies.

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