The suspect Livine Nsaguye was caught at a currency exchange office (Forex bureau) in Gisimenti, Remera Sector of Gasabo District on Tuesday, as he allegedly attempted to exchange fake Euros amounting to 3,250 (about Rwf3.3 million).
Rwanda National Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu said investigations have identified the crime accomplices.
“When a Forex bureau attendant realised that the 65 euro notes given to him were counterfeit, he was quick to call the police and the suspect was arrested right at the scene,” said Supt. Hitayezu.
“Investigations show that these people are part of the same ring; some have been arrested while others including those that are actually known are still in hiding but they will be arrested eventually,” he warned.
“In this specific case, for example, we found out that the person that sold these fake notes to Nsaguye is one of those on the wanted list over the same crime whose accomplices were arrested in the recent past,” said the spokesperson.
According to investigations, Nsaguye, a businessman in Kimironko Sector, had bought the counterfeit notes at Rwf1.5 million, apparently hoping to more than double the profits.
“You will be moved by the profits involved in the illegal act and will lose even the little you had. Rwf1.5 million genuine money for fake 3,250 Euros was like burning it and a big loss that is avoidable,” he observed.
“There are different groups involved in this; those who sell fake notes and those who buy and attempt to exchange them and all these people are among those that have been arrested,” Hitayezu said.
At least 38 cases related to currency counterfeit have been recorded in Kigali in the last three months and, according to Hitayezu, majority implicated in these cases have been arrested and prosecuted.
“Most of these criminals are reported by forex bureaus and mobile banking agents where they attempt to defraud them. This is an indication of vigilance and proof that with this kind of partnership, others will also be arrested,” he noted.
Circulators of fake foreign currencies target especially forex bureaus while fraudsters in the local currency, especially in the denominations of Rwf2, 000 and Rwf5, 000, target mobile banking agents, according to Hitayezu.