Gatsibo: Man arrested with fake currency notes

On 23 March 2021 at 07:01

Police in Gatsibo District, on March 21, arrested one Pierre Turabayo, 38, in connection with either counterfeiting or circulating fake money.

Turabayo was arrested in Kiziguro Sector, Rubona Cell in Kigabiro Village with two counterfeit notes of Rwf5,000.

The Eastern region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamdun Twizerimana said the arrest of Turabayo followed a tip-off from some victims.

"Recently, Turabayo bought goods at a local shop using a fake note of Rwf5,000, he immediately left after getting his balance of genuine notes. The shop attendant realized later that the note was fake but Turabayo had already escaped," CIP Twizeyimana said.

On Sunday March 21, Turabayo resarfaced again at the same shop.

"This time, he came back with two notes of Rwf5,000 to buy goods. Good enough, shop attendants recognized him, they immediately called the Police. Upon his arrest, it was realized that even the two notes he had were also counterfeit," the spokesperson explained.

Investigations indicate that Turabayo had already circulated over Rwf400,000, all fake in various shops in the area.

"He was buying cheaper goods in various shops to get balance of genuine notes, calling it ’cleaning money’", CIP Twizeyimana said.

Turabayo was handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) in Kiramiruzi for further legal process.

Article 269 of the law relating to offenses and penalties in general states that :’’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.

Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than seven years.”