44-year old woman arrested for counterfeit bills in Burera

On 10 March 2020 at 06:21

Rwanda National Police(RNP) has apprehended a 44-year old woman in Kagogo sector, Burera District in possession of counterfeit bills worth Rwf319,000.

The Police Spokesperson Chief Inspector Police (CIP) Alexis Rugigana, has said that the suspect was apprehended in Kabashotsi village, Nyamabuye cell, Kagogo sector after locals alerted the police.

"Residents called the police informing them the suspect was in possession of counterfeit bills and that she was planning on scamming them."

Rugigana said that as soon as they received the call, they immediately headed to Kabashotsi village expecting to catch the suspect red-handed but she attempted to flee when she saw the police.

"When she saw us, she boarded a motorcycle and told the rider to speed off. She hid the bag which contained the fake bills and came back on foot not knowing we saw her hiding it."

After intensive interrogation, she admitted to possessing the fake bills and showed the police where the bag was hidden. She had Rwf 319,000 fake bills in Rwf 2000 and Rwf 5000 denominations.”

Rugigana commended the cooperation of local residents and advised them to always provide information to the police on all suspected criminal activities.

"Our country’s security concerns us all. It is important to report all criminal activities especially the distribution of counterfeit bills as they impact the value of the Rwandan Franc and impede economic progress."

The suspect is currently held at Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) station in Cyanika as further investigation get underway.

Under article 269 of the Penal Code, any person, who fraudulently counterfeits, falsifies or alters coins or bank notes which 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 knowledge that they are forged or falsified, commits an offence.

On conviction, the culprit is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than seven years.