Crime & Investigation

Mbarara Counterfeit Gang Busted

The suspects at Mbarara Police

Police in Mbarara has arrested four people in alleged possession of counterfeit notes totaling to Shs. 60million.

The arrested are Abdul-Aziz Tongirwe, mind the driver of local businessman Ben Ken, search Allan Abangira from Kanungu district, Paul Mugabi a water tank driver in Juba and Jabel Igga, a resident of Masaka district.

Jabel Igga was picked at Cairo Bank Mbarara branch exchanging counterfeit dollars while Abdul-Aziz was arrested at Liverpool Betting Centre “with loads of fake Shs 50,000 notes” according to police.

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Igga told police the group had spent years in the business and they usually conducted the business at Goma on the Rwanda -DRC border, taking advantage of Congolese who have no knowledge of the Ugandan currency.

Some of the fake notes found with the suspects

Some of the fake notes found with the suspects

The arrested had bank notes in US dollars, Rwandan Francs, Uganda shillings and also local medicine, as they claimed to be traditional healers and wealth givers.

Mbarara OC-CID Taban Chiriga told Chimpreports that police was tipped by vigilantes about the group and they were all rounded up in Nyamityobora lower cell, Kakoba division in Mbarara Municipality on Friday.

Mbarara RDC Capt. Martha Asiimwe said the group was twice arrested and released by police through bribery.

OC-CID Taban said the 4 suspects will be taken to court and charged with being in possession of counterfeits.


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