Duo held over impersonation

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Police in Nyamasheke District are holding two men for allegedly impersonating government official and coning people of their money.

The Western region police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Theobald Kanamugire identified the suspects as Evariste Nzeyimana, 30, and Simon Hakizimana, 28, who are residents of Mahembe sector.

“They were arrested on Monday following a complaint lodged to police by some of the victims and subsequent investigations,” CIP Kanamugire said.

They are currently detained at Mahembe police station pending further investigations.

“The suspects approached one Vestine Mukansabayezu and claimed that they were district officials; they told her that there was a financial scheme that could help her make a profit of Rwf100, 000 if she invested Rwf204, 100,” he explained.

“Initially, Mukansabayezu sent them Rwf60, 000 before sending them the remaining Rwf144,100 via telecom banking. She expected to get Rwf 304,100 in return as she was meant to believe, and that was the last time she had from them, which prompted her to bring the matter forward,” said the spokesperson.

“Preliminary investigations have so far found other two people they defrauded under similar circumstances, but investigations are still underway to find out if there are other victims and even accomplices.”

“The suspects actually collaborated the new investigation findings; they fleeced other Rwf30, 000 in Byishuye Sector and another Rwf5, 000 in Twuba sectors, all in Karongi District,” added CIP Kanamugire.

He urged the public to be wary of such masqueraders adding that all government officials have identifications.

Whenever someone claims to be working for a public office, he said, they should identify themselves with service cards.

Impersonation, under article 318 of the penal code, attracts a jail term of three to five years and a fine of Rwf3 million to Rwf5 million.


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