Elie Uwizeyimana, a 19-year-old male from Rusizi District, has been detained for allegedly defrauding a man in Kigali of about Rwf300,000, which was fraudulently withdrawn from his mobile money account.
On Friday, September 11, Uwizeyimana was apprehended in Njambwe village, Gatare cell, Nkungu sector, Rusizi District, where he had been hiding.
On Monday, September 13, he was shown to the media at the Nyarugenge District Police Unit (DPU) offices in Rwezamenyo Sector.
His arrest came as a result of a theft allegation filed by Abby Nizeyimana, a resident of Kimihurura in Gasabo District.
Uwizeyimana claimed that he had been in the illegal business for some time after being recruited by two other individuals.
“My pals Jean Ndayisabye and Frank Mwiseneza, who are my seniors in this profession, recruited me. After defrauding a man of Rwf307,778 from his mobile money, I was detained on September 11 at around 11 a.m “Uwizeyimana expressed himself.
He claimed that he first sent Nizeyimana a false message claiming to have received Rwf45,000 on his mobile money account.
“I pretended to be an MTN employee and called him to ask him to pay back the money he had purportedly received in error in his mobile account.
I threatened him that if he didn’t follow the instructions, he’d have to return the money, but he eventually did so and followed all of the instructions we gave him over the phone, allowing us to gain access to his account and transfer all of his money, totaling Rwf307,778, to our mobile account,” Uwizeyimana said.
He revealed that he is a member of the ‘Aba-men’ gang, which he joined last year.
Since last year, Uwizeyimana has scammed eight people in the same method, totaling approximately Rwf1.3 million.
Nizeyimana, the victim, also claimed that he became a victim of Uwizeyimana’s criminal game after he threatened to block his mobile money account.
“On July 23, I received an SMS stating that Rwf45,000 had been deposited into my mobile money account. I received another notice shortly after saying my phone had been locked. During that time, I received a call from someone claiming to be an MTN employee, instructing me to follow his instructions and actions in order to receive a refund and unlock my account. That’s how they got away with scamming me “Nizeyimana told the story.
RNP The culprit was apprehended after different allegations from victims, according to CSP Africa Sendahangarwa Apollo, Deputy RNP spokeswoman.
“This is one of the suspects wanted for a series of frauds, and based on complaints from some of the victims, this is one of the suspects “According to CSP Africa.
He urged the general population to be cautious before engaging in any transaction.
Any person who, by deception, obtains another person’s property, whole or part of his or her finance by using false names or qualifications, or who offers positive promises or threatens future misfortunes, commits an offence, according to Article 174 of the law determining offenses and penalties in general.
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.