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Man arrested for impersonating migration employee

Police in Kigali is holding one Frank Mugisha, who was arrested impersonating migration personnel and defrauding unwitting people promising to get them travel documents.

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Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu

Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, the central region police spokesperson confirmed that Mugisha, currently being held at Kacyiru police station, was arrested on September 21, at the migration head offices in Kacyiru while trying to con one of the people who were at the time seeking travel documents.

According to Yves Butera, the Public Relations Officer of Immigration and Migration directorate, they had information about people, who guise as employees of the directorate to defraud people.

“We have been working with the police to track down such conmen, and that’s how Mugisha was arrested red-handed soliciting money from one of the people, who was processing a passport,” Butera said.

Mugisha owns a photo-studio in Kigali, and a MobiCash agent.

“Service fees for travel documents are standard and known; no one should be charged extra, because that would be an act of fraud, which should be reported immediately to ensure that they are arrested,” he added.

Meanwhile, Supt. Hitayezu said that the suspect’s actions were “fraud and usurpation of duties, titles and uniform with intent to mislead the public” and punishable under articles 318 and 616 of the penal code, respectively.

Obtaining the property of another person by fraud, under article 318 attracts an imprisonment of between three and five years and a fine between Rwf3 million and Rwf5 million.

The crime under article 616 is punishable with a prison sentence of up to three years


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