23 June 2014

Kenya: Limuru Police Warn Locals of Fake Money

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Police in Limuru have issued an alert over fake money in the region. Divisional police commander Moses Owiti sent out the message last Friday evening at his office after officers collected more than Sh200,000 worth of fake money on the Mutarakwa Ndeiya road.

He said the money, which was stashed in a carton, and left at the roadside had fake Sh1,000 and 100 Euro notes. The police said they suspect that those behind the illegal business, normally throw away notes which don't turb out well, since a lot all those notes could not pass for real money.

"Maybe they normally burn them or throw them in another place, and this time they were in a hurry," Owiti said. "Therefore, this is a strong warning to the residents and other people surrounding this place that there could be fake notes in circulation."

Owiti said no one has been arrested and investigations have been launched in order to arrest the money launders. It was reported that residents who were walking to Ndeiya, spotted the carton and decided to see what was inside.

One of them even tried to run away with it, but he noticed some problems with some notes. "Three of us were going to Ndeiya when we saw a carton with a lot of money. One of us took it hurriedly and started running away, but as he was trying to hold it tight, he notice a lot of fake notes. We also wanted to have a share" Joseph Kinuthia said.

Owiti thanked members of the public for volunteering the information. He said it was through them that they came to learn of the illegal business.

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