A man in Rubavu District, Gisenyi Sector, has been arrested for allegedly impersonating Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) staff in order to illegally collect money from unsuspecting traders.
Steven Niyongombwa was arrested on June 4 after residents became suspicious of his activities and reported him to police.
It is said that by the time of his arrest, Niyongombwa had already collected money from more than 10 people.
He was caught red-handed receiving Rwf50, 000 from a woman, whom he had promised he would return her goods.
According to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Innocent Gasasira, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, “on June 4, the would-be victim was intercepted smuggling assorted goods.”
“Niyongombwa reached out to the woman guising as an employee of RRA promising to bail her goods for Rwf50, 000. The woman decided to report the matter to the Police and Niyongombwa was arrested receiving the money,” CIP Gasasira said.
“Niyongombwa had defrauded many people in the past promising them the same service,” he added.
CIP Gasasira further cautioned the public against paying money to individuals for public services.
“Always double-check the identity of individuals before paying for any services, besides that would be an act of giving or soliciting bribes, which is a crime,” Gasasira said.
“If you are suspicious about an individual, immediately alert the police and local authorities. This will not only save you from being cheated, but it will also save many others,” he added.