Six suspects in fake Ksh.2B saga at Barclays revealed


From left: Mr. Ahmed Shah- (Fake Investor), Ms. Irene Wairimu Kimani, Dr. Erick Adede (Owner ...
From left: Mr. Ahmed Shah- (Fake Investor), Ms. Irene Wairimu Kimani, Dr. Erick Adede (Owner of the Box) and Ms. Elizabeth Muthoni.

Six suspects who were arrested in connection to fake Ksh.2billion stashed inside a safe deposit box at the Barclays bank in Nairobi have been revealed.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations ambushed the suspects on Tuesday morning.

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A city businessman who was the target of the con is assisting police with investigations.

They six suspects were identified as:

  1. Dr. Erick Adede-Owner of the Box
  2. Mr. Ahmed Shah- Fake Investor
  3. Ms. Elizabeth Muthoni
  4. Ms. Irene Wairimu Kimani
  5. Mr. Boaz Ochich – Bank official
  6. Mr. Charles Manzi-Bank official
The fake money in U.S. dollar bills that was discovered at the Barclays Bank, Queensway branch on Tuesday.
The fake money in U.S. dollar bills that was discovered at the Barclays Bank, Queensway branch on Tuesday.

 

Citizen Digital understands that he had been lured into the scheme by the six who posed as international investors. They had shown him the money which they claimed was capital for the investment but requested that he deposits KSh 10 million at the Queensway branch.

Officers from the flying squad then covertly followed the businessman into the bank where he was supposed to meet with the ‘investors’ and arrested the six.

In a statement issued after the shocking discovery, the bank implied that it was not aware that in one of the lockers rented by the customer lay fake currency. Barclay’s Bank says the money had been hidden “against the bank’s rules and regulations.”

The bank further explained that it is never aware of what customers store in the rented deposit safes and that customers are at liberty to store whatever valuables they wish.

A multi-agency team was deployed at the scene of crime shortly after in an attempt to unravel a fake currency syndicate that has been operating in the country.

In late February this year, officers from the Special Crimes Prevention Unit seized a huge cache of fake currencies, foreign and local at a residential house in Ruiru.

Ruiru Police Commander James Ng’etich said the money had been stacked in at least 20 metal boxes and amounted to Ksh 32 Billion.

Three people were arrested in the operation.

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