Suspected impersonator arrested defrauding resident

On 22 July 2020 at 07:46

A man, who was impersonating a judge in Kirehe District and attempting to defraud a local resident was arrested in the act on Monday, July, 20.

Jean Pierre Mbonyumugenzi, 34, was arrested red-handed in Nasho Sector, Rubirizi Cell receiving Rwf170, 000 from the would-be victim.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Police spokesperson of the Eastern region, said that the would-be victim recently lost a court case involving two men, who had allegedly stolen his bicycle.

"After the suspected thieves were acquitted, they brought Mbonyumugenzi into the equation to defraud the resident," CIP Twizeyimana explained.

He added: "Mbonyumugenzi started calling the resident and introduced himself as a judge at the same court where he lost the case. He demanded Rwf300, 000 to handle his case and to bring the suspects to book."

They agreed that the resident pays Rwf170, 000 upfront and the rest after the ruling.

"This prompted the resident to report the matter to the Police. Law enforcement organs and the would-be victim worked together to arrest Mbonyumugenzi in the act receiving the money," the spokesperson said.

After his arrest, Mbonyumugenzi indeed admitted that he was working with the two men, whom the would-be victim had sued for allegedly stealing his bicycle.
CIP Twizeyimana explained that law enforcement agencies are working together to locate and arrest the accomplices.

He thanked the resident for saying no to corruption and bribery in particular, which saved him from falling prey and ensuring that one of the conmen is arrested.

Mbonyumugenzi was handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) in Nasho.
Clause One of article 174 of the law determining offences and penalties in general, 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.

In article 276, anyone convicted for impersonation faces an imprisonment term of not less than five (5) years but not more than seven (7) years and a fine of not less than Rwf3 million and not more than Rwf5 million or only one of these penalties.