Kenya arrests 2 foreigners over fake currencies

Inspector General Joseph Boinnet

Inspector General Joseph Boinnet

NAIROBI. — Two foreign nationals were brought before a court in Kenya for their suspected engagement in counterfeiting foreign currencies. Inspector General of the National Police Service Joseph Boinnet said Cameroonian national Ousman Ibrahim Bako and Nigerian national Mohammed Sani alias Mustafa were suspected of being “kingpins” coordinating a trans-national counterfeit ring.

Boinnet said police have recovered fake currencies with a face value put at $693,1 million and 369,6 million euros as well as money printing machines from the suspects.

“Our investigations indicate that the crime syndicate is aimed at fleecing unsuspecting people of colossal sums of money both in the country and across our border,” Boinnet said.

“We have already received a complaint from the government of Comoros that certain foreign nationals staying in Kenya are manufacturing fake currencies and exporting it to Comoros,” he added.

The two suspects were arrested over the weekend after police received information from an individual that some persons were allegedly conned over $400 000 in exchange of foreign currency shipped from Syria.

Boinnet cautioned the public against fake currency in circulation.

“Commercial banks and forex bureaus should also validate currency bills to ensure they are not victims of fraud,” he added. — Xinhua.

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