The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has said that Kenyan police have seized £15 million of counterfeit US Dollar banknotes from a branch of Barclays Bank Kenya which had been stored in a personal safety deposit box.
Six people, including two of the bank’s staff, have also been arrested according to a statement posted on DCI Kenya’s Twitter account.
“Six people were arrested today evening by … detectives in connection with fake currency amounting to slightly over $20 million (at Barclays Kenya) Queensway Branch,” the statement said.
“The fake notes in $100 denominations were recovered from the bank’s safe room.”
Those arrested were box owner Dr. Erick Adede, Ahmed Shah, Elizabeth Muthoni, Irene Wairimu Kimani along with bank officials Boaz Ochich and Charles Manzi, according to a follow-up Tweet from DCI Kenya.
Barclays Kenya, which is part of South Africa’s Absa Group, confirmed on Tuesday that police had seized fake currency from a customer’s deposit box. They added that it was not the bank’s money and that it was cooperating with the investigation.
In a statement, the bank said: “The customer had concealed fake currency in his personal safe deposit box against the bank’s rules and regulations which include restrictions of items which can be held in the safe deposit box.”