Mautuma location residents, especially traders, in Lugari Sub County, have been advised to be extremely keen during business transactions in order to avoid dealing with fake cash notes which are in circulation in the area.
Speaking to West Media after arresting one suspect, area chief Mrs Pamela Davava Kulali called on traders to authenticate the currency notes before agreeing to part with their goods saying the fraudsters are mostly targeting business people.
She said the suspect, Edward Khamala aged 27, was nabbed as he attempted to purchase airtime at a shop at Munge trading centre using a Kshs 500 note.
“The shop owner became suspicious with the quality of the note and pretended to be looking for balance before he alerted security officers who moved in quickly and arrested the suspect,” explained the local administrator. Mrs Kulali disclosed that the suspect was found with more fake notes totalling Kshs 3,000.
The suspect was handed over to police at Mlimani patrol base and later transferred to Turbo police station as an investigation was launched before being arraigned in court.
“We are warning members of public, especially those involved in various businesses to be extremely carefully lest they walk away with fake money and regret later,” warned Mrs. Kulali.