Suspected fraudster arrested

On 8 July 2020 at 07:43

A man said to be a member of a scam ring was arrested on Monday, July 6, in Mukamira Sector of Nyabihu District.

Innocent Manishimwe, 23, who was handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) at Mukamira station, is said to be part of a group that scammed a local businesswoman in Nyabihu of Rwf500, 000, recently.

Nyabihu District Police Commander, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Paul Byuma, said that Manishimwe, together with his two accomplices still at large, last month, made the victim believe that they are Irish potato farmers.

“They took her to an Irish potato plantation ready for harvest, which they claimed to be theirs. They settled for Rwf3 million. The victim paid them Rwf500, 000 with the rest to be paid after harvesting,” SSP Byuma explained.

The victim was later to realize that she had been duped after the rightful owners of the potato garden emerged, and the scammers were nowhere to be seen and their known telephone switched off.

“She brought the matter before law enforcement authorities in Nyabihu and the search for the scammers started. Recently, Manishimwe emerged again and started calling the victim demanding money so as to show her where the conmen are hiding.

He claimed he knows where they reside. This was another trick they were employing to dupe her again,” the DPC explained.

With this new information, on July 6, at around 9 PM, Police traced and arrested Manishimwe in Kazibake Village, Rugeshi Cell in Mukamira Sector although his two accomplices managed to flee. The search for them is still ongoing.”

He advised the public to always make thorough checks and engage other people especially those residing or operating in the neighborhoods so as to prevent such losses.

Clause One of article 174 of the law determining offences and penalties in general in Rwanda, defines fraud as deception, obtaining another person’s property, whole or part of his/her finance by use of false names or qualifications, or offering positive promises or threats of future misfortunes.

Clause Two of the same article provides a term of imprisonment of between two and three years, and a fine of not less than Rwf3 million but not more than Rwf5 million, upon conviction.