The duo of Audace Kazoza, 45 and Christopher Sinigenga, 27, was arrested red-handed on Tuesday, September, 28, at about 11am, in Tonero Village, Mutenderi Cell, Mutenderi Sector.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Police spokesperson for the Eastern region, said that the two men were arrested in partnership with and residents.
"Kazoza and Sinigenga tried to defraud a mobile banking agent whom they gave Rwf50, 000 worth of counterfeit bills to deposit on their mobile account," said CIP Twizeyimana.
Fortunate enough, the banking agent noticed few minutes later that all the bills given to him were counterfeit.
"The agent immediately informed people who were around by, the residents in turn called the Police but they also swiftly exercised their community policing rights, followed and apprehended two two men as they were fleeing and handed them over to the Police.
When Police officers checked in the bag two two suspects had, they recovered other bundles of counterfeit money. Frw190, 000 were in the denominations of Rwf5,000 and Rwf438, 000 in the denominations of Rwf2000," CIP Twizeyimana said.
Upon their arrest, the suspects claimed that they got the fake money from a businessman operating in the City of Kigali whom they had sold minerals.
Kazoza and Sinigenga are not licensed minerals.
"Law enforcement organs are going to work together to follow up on the origin of this big sum of counterfeit money and to arrest anyone involved to face justice," the spokesperson said.
The suspects were handed over to RIB at Kibungo station for further legal process.
Article 269 of the law determining 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 years and not more than seven years.