The Star (Nairobi)

29 November 2012

Kenya: Constable Arrested As Police Crack Fake Currency Syndicate

FOUR people, among them a police constable have been arrested in Webuye town in Bungoma over alleged involvement in making fake money. The four were arrested in a guest house at dawn yesterday.

Police recovered a Ceska pistol and fifteen bullets from the officer. The constable is attached to a police station in Nairobi. Confirming the incident, Western Province provincial CID boss JK. Maritim said that equipment suspected to be used by the four to manufacture fake currency was also recovered from a vehicle belonging to one of the suspects.

"Police raided a guest house in the town after receiving a tip off from wananchi who reported that the four had been holed up in a room for a week," said Maritim.

Sources at the Webuye police station said the four had been receiving "strange" visitors in their room, a move that raised suspicion leading to the police storming the guest house.

One of the suspects had a supposedly money printing machine and black paper in his car. The four are detained at Webuye police station and were to appear in court yesterday.

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