A 29-year-old man suspected of forging currency notes was arrested on Tuesday in Gahanga Sector, Kicukiro District.
Eliesel Munyehirwe is suspected to have been counterfeiting and distributing varied currencies including local and foreign bills.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kayigi, Central region Police spokesperson said there was information that Munyehirwe was engaged in financial crimes.
“On Tuesday at about 2:30am, Police officers raided Munyehirwe’s house located Runini Village, Gahanga Cell where they caught him red-handed making counterfeiting notes. They also recovered forged notes of Ugandan shillings amounting to 220, 000, Rwf10, 000 and US$100, which he had already finished to make,” CIP Kayigi said.
Police also recovered tools and plain papers the suspect was using to make the fake bills. It is the second time he has been arrested over the same crime.
His arrest came a day after two other people were caught separately in Bugesera and Gatsibo districts with forged money amounting Rwf198, 000, combined.
According to Police, there is a connection between people caught in Kigali with forged currencies and those arrested in the countryside over the same.
“When we arrest one person with counterfeit bills he or she leads us to another, and many of those arrested are connected. We are slowly breaking these rings, but also called upon the general public to be vigilant and work with the Police to arrest such criminals,” CIP Kayigi said.
If found guilty of counterfeit, falsification or alteration of currency or monetary signs or their distribution, he faces an imprisonment term of between five and seven years.