MUSANZE: Two arrested over money counterfeit

Two people were arrested on Monday in Musanze District in connection with money counterfeit.

Solange Uwingeneye and Faustin Murwanashyaka were arrested in Kimonyi Sector after they were found in possession of fake money amounting Rwf35, 000, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Alexis Rugigana, the Police spokesperson of the Northern region, said.

They were at the time trying to defraud a Mobile Money agent to deposit the money on their Mobile account.

“Uwingeneye and Murwanashyaka came together on a motorcycle and gave Rwf40, 000 in the denominations of Rwf5, 000, to a Mobile Money agent to deposit it on Uwingeneye’s mobile account,” said CIP Rugigana.

“The Mobile Money agent was quick to realize that only one note of Rwf5, 000 was genuine; other seven notes were counterfeit. The two suspects were intercepted shortly after before leaving the area after the would-be victim called the Police.”

CIP Rugigana warned against such tendencies of dealing in counterfeit currencies and called for vigilance and partnership in identifying and arresting individuals involved. He further appealed to the general public to always be vigilant when receiving money.

The article 269 of penal code states: “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.

Any person, who knowingly acquires or receives coins or notes knowing that it is falsified, even if he/she is not one of counterfeiters or importers of such monies, commits an offence. Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term not less than one year and not more than three years.

“The general public, especially the business community are required to always be vigilant and check the given currency notes thoroughly to fight and prevent such financial crimes, which have ill-impact on the economy,” CIP Rugigana said.

“The effects of counterfeit to a trader are grave as they could easily lead them out of business. This is why we continuously request the public to be cautious about fake money.”

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