Two arrested with fake US$1,100 in Rubavu

On 2 October 2020 at 07:17

Police in Rubavu District, on Tuesday, September 29, arrested the duo of Francis Ngarambe and Innocent Nsanzamahoro with 11 counterfeit dollar notes amounting to US$1100, approximately Rwf1,056,000.

The fake dollar notes were in the denominations of US$100, Police said.

The suspected counterfeiters were arrested separately in Gisenyi town with materials, including a computer, printer and papers, which they were using to produce the fake dollar notes.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson of the Western region, said Police first arrested Ngarambe, who identified Nsanzamahoro as his co-conspirator.

“A resident informed the Police that Ngarambe had counterfeit money. Ngarambe was located and arrested in possession of six fake notes of USD100 and 101 other pieces of paper cut in form and size of currency notes, which would be printed into more fake money," CIP Karekezi said.

He added: "Ngarambe, after his arrest, identified Nsanzamahoro, also a resident in Gisenyi, as his accomplice and who prints the fake money.

Police went to Nsanzamahoro’s house where he was arrested with five notes of $100 and recovered a computer and printer, which they were using to make the fake monies."

Apparently, the suspects would search dollar notes on the internet, add some colours with the computer before printing them.

All the eleven fake notes had the same serial number.

The serial number corresponds with that found on other fake dollars, which were also seized from a woman arrested in Rubavu District, recently.

CIP Karekezi thanked the resident, whose community policing spirit led to the arrest of the duo, and called for continued partnership and ownership in fighting such high impact crimes, which affect the economy and particularly small businesses, which are mainly targeted.

Article 296 in the penal code says “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.”