On Sunday, February 9th, 2020, Rwanda National Police (RNP) in Gasabo District apprehended 50-year old Rurangirwa Louis, 29-year old Uwiragiye Philippe and 29-year old Nshimiyimana Jean Bosco.
They were caught red-handed as they plotted to scam a resident of Bumbogo sector, Gasabo district for Rwf 3 million.
CIP Marie Gorette Umutesi, RNP spokesperson in Kigali said that Rurangirwa was the leader of the group and that he was caught with a bag containing $5000 counterfeit dolar bills that he was going to exchange for Rwf 3 million.
“They convinced the victim they had legitimate dollar bills and first exchanged Rwf 48,000 with real bills of $50. They wanted to gain the victim’s trust so that they could give him the counterfeit bills later without him suspecting anything.”
However, the victim had heard rumors that Rurangirwa and his mates were involved in fraud schemes and immediately alerted the police. Uwiragiye and Nshimiyimana had just finished a sentence for counterfeiting.
After the three scammers were apprehended, they immediately admitted they made counterfeit bills and gave out one other accomplice who they say is their leader.
CIP Umutesi warned the general public of the increasing number of scammers in Kigali and that they must be careful at all times.
The suspects were handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) Bumbogo station as further investigation is being conducted.
Article 269 of the Penal Code 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.
They are liable for not less than five years’ imprisonment and not more than 7 years.