Man caught with counterfeit money

On 8 August 2020 at 11:58

A man identified as Francois Bizimana, 34, was arrested on Wednesday, August 4, in Rwamagana District with counterfeit money amounting to Rwf27,000.

He was at the time trying to use the fake notes to pay for goods at a shop located in Nyakariro Cell of Nyakariro Sector, Police said.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Police spokesperson for the Eastern region, said that on the evening of August 4, Bizimana went to purchase goods at the shop of one Pierre Nsengiyumva, 40.

"Nsengiyumva realised that a note of Rwf5,000 that Bizimana gave him was fake. He immediately called local authorities, who apprehended Bizimana, searched and recovered on him other five fake notes; four in the denominations of Rwf5,000 and one in the denomination of Rwf2,000," CIP Twizeyimana explained.

Local leaders, he said, called and handed him over to the Police.

Bizimana could not disclose the origin of the counterfeit currency notes.
He has since been handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) at Muyumbu station for further management.

CIP Twizeyimana called for vigilance and real time information sharing on anyone suspected to be counterfeiting money or dealing in fake currencies.

Article 269 of the law relating to offences 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 (5) years and not more than seven (7) years.