Suspected conman arrested in Gasabo

On 7 September 2019 at 08:15

Police in Gasabo District has arrested a man identified as Narcisse Sindikubwabo in connection with defrauding members of the public promising to help them acquire a driving license.

Sindikubwabo, 34, was arrested Thursday in Kinyinya Sector, Gasharu Cell following information that he was conning unsuspecting members of the public assuring of getting them driver’s license.

One of the victims disclosed that Sindikubwabo conned her of Rwf500, 000.

Apparently, the victim was trying to secure a driver’s license for her daughter.

“I paid him [Sindikubwabo] Rwf500, 000 in February; he had told me that he works with the Police and would get me the permit if I paid him the money,” the victim narrated.

Sindikubwabo also admitted taking the money from the victim and pleaded to be forgiven to go and refund the victim. He advised the young people against such unscrupulous and criminal acts.

“I lied to her so that I could get money from her,” he said.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie Gorette Umutesi, the Police spokesperson for the Central region said that Police are working with other law enforcement organs to know if there are other people Sindikubwabo conned.

“He is saying that he defrauded only this woman but there might be other victims. There is also the likelihood that he is connected to other people engaged in such criminal acts, defrauding people or giving them fake driver’s licenses,” CIP Umutesi.

CIP Umutesi appealed to the general public to be aware of such individuals, who use several tricks to con them of their hard-earned money.

“We are reminding people that police services are available to everyone, Police has no intermediaries and particularly the whole process of acquiring a driver’s license is done individually. Anyone, who solicit or give money in order to receive a driver’s license will be breaking the law and will be arrested,” CIP Umutesi warned.

Article 174 of the new penal code states that “Any person who, by deception, obtains another person’s property, whole or part of his/her finance by use of false names or qualifications, or who offers positive promises or who threatens of future misfortunes, commits an offense.

Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than two (2) years and not more than three (3) years, and a fine of not less than three million Rwandan francs (FRW 3,000,000) and not more than five million Rwandan francs (FRW 5,000,000).”