Police net billions in fake currency in Ruiru house associated with Uhuru impersonators

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Police have impounded billions of shillings in fake foreign currency from house associated with seven suspects charged with defrauding Sameer Africa boss of Sh10 million.

The fake money was found stuffed in boxes in a house in Ruiru, Kiambu County, after a raid on Wednesday. Two people have so far been arrested.

The incident happened moments after the court released the seven men; Joseph Waswa, Duncan Muchai, Isaac Wajekeche, William Simiyu, David Luganya, Gilbert Kirunja and Anthony Wafula on Sh200,000 bond each.

The suspects have since denied defrauding Sameer Africa finance chief Akif Hamid of Sh10 million.

According to the prosecution, the seven suspects allegedly impersonated President Uhuru Kenyatta and called the Nairobi businessman demanding that he facilitates the release of the Sh10 million for the purchase of a piece of land at Nairobi’s Milimani area.

Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Peter Ooko heard that the caller wanted the Sameer chairman to give facilitation fees so that ‘State House’ could assist in the purchase of a piece of land.

Mr Merali was not in the country so he directed Sameer Africa Finance Director Akif Hamid Butt to process the money, not knowing that the caller was duping him.

The investigations into the matter are still ongoing and police have seized a Toyota Land Cruiser, a Toyota Mark X, a Toyota Axio and a Toyota Crown in connection with the syndicate.

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