Man arrested over fraud
Police in Rusizi District is holding one Didier Rwivuganabigwi, 49, for allegedly impersonating a court judge and defrauding unsuspecting people.
Rwivuganabigwi was taken into custody on March 12 in Ngororero as he fled, following investigations into a fraud case filed by one of the victims in Rusizi.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Innocent Gasasira, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, said the suspect had defrauded the complainant about Rwf240, 000.
“Recently, the son of the victim was arrested over defilement. It is suspected that Rwivuganabigwi guised as a court judge and approached the woman (victim), made her believe that he was in position to unduly release the suspect,” CIP Gasasira said.
“The woman fell prey of Rwivuganabigwi’s fraud and deceit and sent him Rwf190, 000 in three installments through mobile banking. He them demanded other Rwf300, 000, which prompted her to call at the intermediate court in Rusizi to confirm only to be told that he was being defrauded. The suspect was tracked and arrested in Ngororero as he tried to withdraw other Rwf50, 000 which the victim had sent him,” he added.
“This is deceit, usurpation of duties and titles with intent to mislead the public, and obtaining the property of another person by fraud,” the spokesperson said.
Obtaining the property of another person by fraud, under article 318 of the Rwandan penal code, is punishable with a term of imprisonment three to five years and a fine of Rwf3 million to Rwf5 million.
Usurpation of duties, titles and uniform with intent to mislead the public is also punishable under article 616, with a jail term of one to three years.
CIP Gasasira, however, faulted the victim for “believing in criminal procedures” and warned against such criminal malpractices.