Two suspected conmen were arrested in Musaza Sector, Kirehe District for allegedly fleecing different people of Rwf225, 000.
Mathieu Ndayisaba, 21, and Ildephonse, 30, were arrested in Gasarabwayi Cell after the victims reported the fraud, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Police spokesperson for the Eastern region, said.
CIP Twizeyimana explained that the victims were tricked to believe that the suspects are collecting money to help those who were affected by disasters in the area.
“The victims are from different associations. Every member contributed between Rwf25, 000 and Rwf28, 000. Some of the associations’ members became suspicious and asked their local leaders the main cause for contributions,” Twizeyimana said.
He added: “After the local leaders realized that they are conning people, they immediately reported to Police. Law enforcement organs worked together to trace and arrest the two suspects to face justice. The suspects are also members of the associations they fleeced.”
“Besides the money they collected lying it is meant for helping vulnerable people, they also conned more than 50 others alleging that they are preparing development projects for them.”
CIP Twizeyimana advised the general public to be vigilant when it comes to pay their money.
He also warned people to refrain from “unlawful shortcuts to prosperity.”
Clause One of article 174 of the law determining offences and penalties in general in Rwanda, defines fraud as deception, obtaining another person’s property, whole or part of his/her finance by use of false names or qualifications, or offering positive promises or threats of future misfortunes.
Clause Two of the same article provides a term of imprisonment of between two and three years, and a fine of not less than Rwf3 million but not more than Rwf5 million, upon conviction.