Man arrested over fraud, impersonation

On 23 September 2021 at 06:36

Rwanda National Police (RNP), on Tuesday, September 21, arrested one Augustin Rutaganda, 48, in City of Kigali, who was impersonating Police officers and fleecing unsuspecting road traffic violators.

Rutaganda was showed to the media at Kigali Metropolitan Police offices in Remera, Gasabo District, on Wednesday, September 22.

RNP spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera said that Rutaganda was targeting people, who either violated road traffic rules and regulations or involved in road accidents, and whose driver’s license was confiscated.

Rutaganda, who was a driver at one of the hospitals in Kigali, admitted that he was targeting mainly motorists involved in accidents.

“I fleeced three people, who had involved in separate accidents. Normally, when I arrived at the accident scene, I discuss with the driver and I asked him contact number before the arrival of traffic Police officers. I later call and make them believe that I am a Police officer and that I can help them secure their confiscated driver’s license if they send me Rwf100, 000. By the time of my arrest I had defrauded three people," said Rutaganda

Anicet Manirafasha, is a driver, who was also fleeced of Rwf100, 000. He said that he also knocked a pedestrian in Kiruhura on September 8.

"I called Police and an ambulance for assistance. The following day, I received a call from an unidentified person telling me that he knows me and we met at the scene of accident. He told me to send him Rwf100, 000 to take care of the patient claiming that the patient had no medical insurance,” said Manirafasha.

Manirafasha explained that after sending the money to the suspect’s provided mobile account he switched off his phone and i informed the police.

"I was later called by the Police saying that they had the prime suspect in custody."

The suspect was handed over to RIB for further legal process

RNP spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera said that the suspect was arrested in a Police operation conducted following complaints raised by some of the victims.

“Criminals might masquerade as law enforcement officers, however, what they must know is that Police will track them down to face the wrath of the law," CP Kabera warned.

"The Ambulance driver (Rutaganda) was collecting information of people involved in accidents and calls them later masquerading as a Police officer, collects money from them promising to facilitate them to resolve their issues if they paid him a certain amount of money," he added.

The spokesperson urged the public particularly motorists to respect traffic road safety rules and be vigilant against such fraudsters.

He further urged motorists to go through right channels when their documents are confiscated for traffic offences warning that offering bribes is equally criminal.

Article 174 of law determining offences and penalties in general state that; any person who, by deception, obtains another person’s property, whole or part of his/her finance by use of false names or qualifications, or who offers positive promises or who threatens of future misfortunes, commits an offence.

Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than two (2) years and not more than three (3) years, and a fine of not less than Rwf3 million and not more than Rwf5 million.

In article 279, of the same law states that any person who without tittle usurps public, civil or military functions or poses the acts of one these functions or falsely attributes to himself/herself the quality of a public official commits an offence.

Upon conviction, the offender faces between two and three years in prison, and a fine of not more than Rwf300,000 but not more than Rwf500, 000.