The Rwanda National Police (RNP) arrested seven people in Rubavu District on Monday, September 6th, who belonged to two different groups and were reportedly fleecing people and either creating or circulating counterfeit money.
Jean Claude Ndacyayisenga, 44, Francois Zirarushya, 46, Onesphore Ndarihumbye, 44, and Oscar Habimana, 44, were detained for allegedly creating and circulating counterfeit money in Irakiza Village, Nengo Cell, Gisenyi Sector.
They were discovered in possession of counterfeit dollar bills worth $25, as well as papers cut into the shape of currency notes and hair products, all of which they were utilizing to produce false money at the time.
Three more people were detained for fraud in the Gisenyi Sector, Mbugangari Cell, Ubucuruzi Village: Mediatrice Umutoni, 23, Jean Damascene Ntabigwira, 40, and Issa Mbonyi, 65.
The Western region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, stated that the two parties had arranged to meet before the police were called in.
“The two parties had scheduled to meet, but one of them had the intention of defrauding the other. “One group claimed to have ivory tusks for sale, while the other claimed to have phony dollar bills that they planned to use to purchase the aforementioned ivory tusks,” CIP Karekezi said.
He went on to say that police initially apprehended a group with counterfeit money, who then led them to a group claiming to have ivory tusks.
Residents who reported suspected criminal organizations were praised by CIP Karekezi.
The suspects were brought up to the RIB at Gisenyi station, where they will be investigated further.
Any person who fraudulently counterfeits, falsifies, or alters coins or banknotes that are legal tender in Rwanda or abroad, notes issued by the Treasury with its stamp or brand, either banknotes or alike that have legal tender in Rwanda or abroad, or one who introduces or issues in Rwanda such effects or notes with the Treasury’s stamp or brand, or one who introduces or issues in Rwanda such effects or notes with the Treasury’s stamp or brand, or one who introduces or issues in Rwanda such effects or notes with the
He/she faces a sentence of not less than five years and not more than seven years in jail if convicted.
According to Article 174 of the same law, anybody who gains another person’s property, whole or part of his or her finances, by deception, by using fictitious identities or qualifications, or who makes positive promises or threatens future calamities, commits an offense.
He/she faces a sentence of not less than two years and not more than three years in prison, as well as a fine of not less than Rwf3 million and not more than Rwf5 million if convicted.