Barely a day after three people were arrested in Westlands, Nairobi with over Sh1 Billion in fake currency, police in Kisii have nabbed four suspects and recovered $380,000(Sh38 Million) in fake currency.
Nyamache OCPD Japhet Mwirichia said the money was in 100 dollars bills packed in parcels.
“We found $270,000 (Sh27million) in two vehicles while $110,000 (Sh11million) was discovered at the home of an old man alleged to be a victim of the con game,” he said.
The police also recovered chemicals and other equipment that the suspects were allegedly using in the illegal business.
“The suspects are said to manipulate their victims into thinking they could make any amount of money for them after paying a fee. In some cases, one can be told to pay up to Sh500,000 in order to get Sh5million in return,” explained the OCPD.
Three of the suspects were arrested during a raid on Tuesday night at Gionsari sub location and held at Nyangusu Police Station.
Members of the public who might have fallen prey to the suspects’ scam have been urged to report to the police.
The four suspects, Herbert Akuma, David Barongo, Haron Enduro, and Danvas, were on Wednesday arraigned at Ogembo Law Courts and charged with being in possession of papers of forgery contrary to Section 36(a) of the Penal Code.
They are accused that on October 2, 2018 at Gionseri trading centre in Nyamache sub-county, the suspects had in their position – without lawful authority – papers intended to resemble and pass as special papers used in making fake currency notes of $110,000 and 600,000 fake Sh1000 currency notes.
One of the suspects, Herbert Akuma, pleaded guilty before Ogembo Resident Magistrate Julius Mutai and will appear again in court on October 8, 2018 for a ruling.
The other three suspects pleaded not guilty and were granted a bond of Sh400,000 with a surety of similar amount or cash bail of Sh200,000.
The case will be mentioned on October 17, 2018 and the hearing was slated for January 24, 2019.