Police warn of fake currency in circulation after busting fake money printing syndicate

Millions recovered during the raid

File image of fake Kenyan currency notes

Police have warned that fake currency may be in circulation after dismantling a fake money printing syndicate in Shanzu.

During the raid, fake Kenyan currency amounting to 6.67 Million shillings was recovered along with chemicals used in making the fake currencies.

Kilifi County Commander Fredrick Ochieng divulged that acting on a tip off, police raided a house in Shanzu and recovered the fake money along with chemicals used to process the money including glycerine and aluminium foil were seized in a vehicle parked outside the suspect’s house.

“The officers conducted a search and found fake currency in the denomination of Sh1000, which totalled to 6.67 million,” he said.

"We believe there is fake currency in circulation, we urge people to be careful," he added.

Main suspect escapes arrest

Police are currently pursuing the main suspect identified as Johnson Odhiambo who fled during the raid at his house.

"He may have escaped for the moment, but we will catch up on him," The county commander stated.

A Toyota Vits KCQ 469W belonging to the suspect was towed to police station for analysis.

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