The Directorate of Criminal Examinations is testing $20 million (Sh2bn) in counterfeit cash found in a client’s protected at Barclays Bank Queensway branch, Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

The fake currency, according to DCI boss George Kinoti, was deposited in November 2017.

According to the bank, a customer at the Queensway branch who had a personal safe deposit box was stopped by police and taken away for further questioning.

“The customer had hidden fake money in his personal safe deposit box in violation of the bank’s rules and regulations, which include restrictions on what can be stored in the safe deposit box.”

Barclays added that the contents of personal safe deposit boxes are not part of the banks deposits and are only known to the client.

“We continue to fully cooperate and assist the authorities with this investigation.”

Detectives are currently holding 5 suspects linked to the fake stash of dollars.

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