Police in Nyabihu District, Northern Rwanda, arrested a man identified as Emmanuel Mushimiyimana, 23, for allegedly circulating counterfeited currencies.
According Inspector of Police (IP) Eulade Gakwaya, the Western Province Police Spokesperson said the suspect was arrested on Thursday in Mukamira trading centre in Rugeshi Cell of Mukamira Sector with Rwf34,000, all fake.
“He was reported by a mobile banking agent, whom he tried to defraud to deposit the fake notes in his account,” he said.
“The mobile banking agent first required to verify the notes, and called police officers after realizing that all the notes were counterfeit, who arrested the suspect at the scene of crime,” IP Gakwaya said.
“Mobile banking agents, money changers including forex bureaus and owners of small businesses are the majority targeted by these fraudsters circulating fake monies. We urge people to always be vigilant, check the notes thoroughly to avoid losses but also be quick to call the police to ensure that such criminals are arrested,” he said.
The suspect is currently detained at Mukamira Police station.
The spokesperson also urged mobile banking and forex bureaus to always take record of their clients to facilitate traceability and arrest of those suspected to be involved in circulating fake monies.