Fake bank notes in Kenya

An accused man is being detained at the police station in Athi River for allegedly having forged currencies.

Johnson Onyoni, the person in question, was detained at his residence on the Karibu estate along the Athi River, along with numerous supplies needed to produce notes and phoney US dollars.

Following the search effort on Thursday evening, 1,000 notes in the value of $100, three containers containing 400 grammes of unidentified liquid material, and 3,000 pieces of black counterfeit paper for 1,000 Kenyan notes were also found.

According to Jos Mudavadi, the police chief for the Athi River sub-county, they were responding to a report about possible unusual happenings at the property.

"I would like to acknowledge the public for providing important information on security-related topics. According to the information we obtained, we should search the house since it was allegedly producing dollars and Kenyan shillings.

"We have found equipment that may have been used to print fake money," Mudavadi stated.

Mudavadi said that they were successful in apprehending the suspected property owner.

He stated, "During the operation, we were able to apprehend one person who is thought to be the brains behind the money laundering firm."

The police commander said they are looking for other people who are allegedly involved in laundering cash.

"As security organisations, we won't let renegade fraudsters attempt to undermine our economy by disseminating counterfeit money. The crooks mostly prey on M-Pesa stores, leaving unaware owners counting their losses. We also advise people and businesspeople to exercise caution when trading with large amounts of cash in order to avoid being duped by phoney money," he said.

Criminals involved in money laundering received a strong warning from the police commander that they would be subject to the vengeance of the law.

Investigators want to keep the individual in question in custody for an additional seven days so they can finish their inquiries, according to reports. The suspect will be presented in Mavoko Law Court tomorrow.

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