Police arrest suspect in fake Malawi currency

Malawi Police from Kanengo Police Station at Area 25 in the Capital Lilongwe have arrested and are keeping in custody a 27 year old man suspected to have attempted to purchase items using a fake K2,000.00 Bank Note.

Fake Malawi Kwacha with same serial number

Kanengo Police Public Relations Officer Sub Inspector Laban Makali identified the suspect as Laston Banda.

“I can confirm that we have arrested one Laston Banda who is suspected to have attempted to purchase items using a fake bank note at Nsungwi Market in Area 25,”  Makalani told Nyasa Times.

According to Makalani, the shop owner Jackson Harrison is the one who detected that the note was fake and later launched a complaint at Kanengo Police who went on to arrest the suspect.

According to Makalani, the incident happened on January 5th, 2018.

He said further said the suspect will appear before court soon to answer a case of selling articles bearing designs in imitation of currency under Section 382 of the Penal Code.

The offence attracts a maximum custodial sentence of 10 years.

Meanwhile, Sub Insp. Makalani has advised all Malawians to follow precautionary measures as given by the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) to check the originality of bank notes they obtain from suspicious
persons.

The fake currency in question has since been returned to RBM for examination.

 

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