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Police Arrests Man For Impersonation, Extortion

Police in Gatsibo District arrested a man suspected of masquerading as an employee of BBOXX to extort over Rwf 2 million from unsuspecting residents of Bumbogo, Rusororo and Ndera Sectors in Gasabo District.

The suspect, Jean Pierre Rukundo, hoodwinked residents into believing that he was recruiting for BBOXX Company while promising others that he would supply them with BBOXX solar lighting kits.

After running the scam for some time and realizing that he was on the wanted list, Rukundo left Gasabo District and went to Gatsibo District where he was eventually arrested from.

Following his arrest, police handed him to Rwanda Investigations Bureau (RIB) that immediately opened a file on him as the investigations take shape.

Reacting on the incident, the eastern region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Theobald Kanamugire said that the complaints about the suspects were first reported by residents Gasabo District who claimed that they were experiencing unfair charges over promised jobs.

“Records indicate that Rukundo started his scam in January. It was until April when residents came out seeking intervention after some had lost a lot of money without getting the jobs they were being promised while others had paid for the solar systems that they also never got,” said CIP Kanamugire.

However, it is believed that Rukundo had accomplices and authorities are investing and hunting for others involved in the scam.

Expressing his disappointment, CIP Kanamugire said that we are aware of such tricks and other malpractices people apply to fraudulently acquire money and steal people. “Every service in Rwanda has a clear way to be accessed, it is always better to go through approved channels so as to minimize such acts.”

Article 318 of the penal code states that anyone who obtains the property of another person by fraud or by intentionally using false names, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of three to five years and a fine between Rwf3 million and Rwf5 million.

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