Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Customs Officers based at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) have intercepted Sh238 Million in foreign currency from a traveller.
The suspect, a Kenyan citizen, had arrived in the country from Bujumbura, Burundi with the money packed as a parcel.
According to a press release sent to newsrooms, the parcel, containing USD 2 million, was seized following a wrongful declaration on the intended destination.
“Upon arrival, the passenger made a declaration of the currency indicating the origin as Banque de Credit de Bujumbura (BCB) to a recipient Brinks Global Services, Kenya,” the statement read.
The traveller, after clearance by the Customs Unit at the airport, later presented the same money at the Swissport Cargo shed with different export documents for shipment to Global Services, United Kingdom.
This follows that the documents produced to support the export request were different from those produced on entry into the country.
“As a result, KRA, after noting the inconsistencies in information provided by the passenger, has confiscated the money and the matter is under investigation,” read the statement.
KRA has further invited the Asset Recovery Agency (ARA) to assist in investigating the matter as a possible money-laundering attempt.
Meanwhile, KRA has encouraged passengers to correctly declare all cargo or items at the Ports of entry and exit as required under the provisions of the Second and Third Schedules of the East African Community (EAC) Customs Management Act, 2004.