Cameroonian held over counterfeit

Police in Nyarugenge District are holding a Cameroonian national (names withheld) for allegedly dealing in counterfeit dollar bills.

Police in Nyarugenge District are holding a Cameroonian national (names withheld) for allegedly dealing in counterfeit dollar bills.

The suspect was arrested yesterday in Grace Apartment, Nyarugenge after he had allegedly issued the counterfeited money. He was also found in possession of pieces of paper and liquid which he reportedly used to forge the dollars.

The suspect is currently detained at Muhima Police Station.

Police say they made the arrest follwing a tip off from “a law abiding citizen” who knew about the suspect’s illegal activity.

The whistleblower, who operates a clothes shop in Nyamirambo, reportedly said he was approached by the suspect who wanted the Rwandan business man to help him exchange the counterfeit dollars for Rwandan Francs.

Senior Superintendent Urbain Mwiseneza, the spokesperson, Central Region commended the cooperation of the public to curb crime in the country.

Mwiseneza urged the public, particularly the business community to be vigilant of the money they receive to ensure that counterfeit in every currency is detected before it widely circulates, which may hurt the country’s economy.

Article 604 of the Rwandan Penal Code stipulates that, any person, who counterfeits, uses or circulates, by any means, items misrepresented as money or negotiable instruments shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of two (2) years to five (5) years and a fine of two (2) to ten (10) times the value of the counterfeit money. 

 

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