Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives have arrested three Cameroonian nationals in Ruiru, Kiambu County, who were found in possession of over KSh350 million in fake US dollars and sterling pounds.
Paulin Francis Proper, 44, Njikam Omar, 37, and Job Kentong, 31, were arrested on Monday, May 4 evening at BTL area, in an operation that also saw the recovery of one Glock pistol and 28 rounds of 9mmm calibre.
Confirming the incident, Ruiru DCIO Mr. Justus Ombati, said they were tipped off by members of the public and raided the premises where they found the currencies in denominations of 100 US dollars, 50 Pounds and KSh1000.
They also recovered 250kgs of fake gold nuggets, 70 suspected fake gold bars and one dollar photocopying machine.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that the firearm belonged to a fourth suspect, Loise Kaguongo, who was holding it illegally, since her firearms license had expired.
“Kaguongo operates over 10 mobile money outlets and detectives believe that she is the link between the suspects & a wider criminal syndicate that is defrauding unsuspecting members of the public,” says the DCI.
Fake money business thriving
Fake money business has reportedly been thriving undetected at a construction site in the area allegedly belonging to Paulin Francis.
The suspects were taken into custody as further investigations are being conducted, before their arraignment.
A woman living at the site was also arrested and questioned, upon which she revealed that she was employed just as a caretaker.
This follows a similar incident in Kilimani where two men were nabbed with possession of KSh750 million in fake currencies on April 28,2021.