-The old man had withdrawn KSh. 3,000 from the agent as usual, unknown to him the notes were all fake.
It was a rude shock for Muranga elder Sammy Gitau, 71, a beneficiary of the government’s stipend for the elderly when he went to collect his monthly share at a mobile bank agent in Muranga town.
The old man had withdrawn KSh. 3,000 from the agent as usual, unknown to him the notes were all fake. Soon after, he proceeds to hand over the money to a merry-go-round group in which he is a member. Group officials discovered the money was fake and alerted the police who intervened. Mr Gitau has since recounted how he almost became a guest of the state after he was found to have the fake currency on him. Fellow members in the group sought the intervention of the police who are still following up on the matter after he filed a statement with them.
However, Gitau said he is yet to get his money back. “I had to be escorted by agitated security officers to the agent and then to the police station, where I recorded my statement. But since then, I am yet to be assisted to get my clean money,” he said.
This comes in the wake of rising cases of fake currency circulation in counties within Central Kenya including Meru, Embu, Kirinyaga and Murang’a. The syndicate undertaking the fraud is said to be operating from Nairobi.
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