CRIME: Over 20 Netted in Crackdown on Fake Dollar Racket
Kamuli – The Police in Kamuli District have recovered thousands of counterfeit US dollars following raids on criminal gangs dealing in fake currency in Busoga and other parts of the country.
According to SP Madiri Ahmed, the Kamuli District Police Commander (DPC),
twenty two suspects including the village chairperson of Buwasa, Buwagi Parish in Nawanyago Sub-county are being detained following an outcry from the public who were defrauded by the group.
‘’We have had an outcry in an area called Buwagi where people have reported cases of being conned , beaten and defrauded by this group and others at Large. Their cases range from simple and aggravated robbery, theft and
obtaining money by false pretence’’, said Madiri.
Madiri added that; ‘’the reason why we have promptly raided the area is because one of our colleagues from SFC his gun was grabbed, beaten, money and gun stolen in the area. The Vehicle was only recovered from the scene, but the ring leaders are still on the run but we have registered several
cases and the complainants are here’’.
The suspects among others include ;Mugabo Shafik, Lugamu Anthony ,Muzazi Nicholas, Mitala Sadam, Kirunda Sadam, Kalumula Christopher ,Mukembo Isa, Lugando Isima and Dhamuzungu Sharif.
Others are Waiswa Rajab, Majaja Phillip, Mukisa Umar, Isabirye Ramathan, Ssenyonga Muhammad ,Kilazi Juma, Isabirye Ramathan, Kiyuba Sulaiman, Akuwa Zahara, Nkayi Henry and Waidikya Bogere.
Robert Mutemo , the Kamuli RDC said security is committed to keeping counterfeit and fake currency out of kamuli and this crack down should act as a warning to other rogue businessmen, that they will leave no stone unturned, in investigating and prosecuting people who look to gain from
proceeds of criminal activity.
‘’We are not taking this matter lightly since our officer’s gun was stolen in the same area, We are investigating whether the gang is armed and after
screening them ,they will be produced to court, ‘’ Mutemo told Red pepper.
Mutemo who revealed that the suspects and their accomplices were targeting small sugarcane businessmen and land buyers added that the group has also been operating in the major Districts of Mbale ,Iganga ,Mbarara, Jinja, Kamuli ,Masaka , Kampala and Mukono.
“These suspects were conniving with some unknown thugs who we are looking for. They deceived victims that their money would be ‘multiplied’. They defrauded the unsuspecting Ugandans, and I think this group has defrauded
very many people claiming that they have ‘real’ dollars ,” said Mutemo.
Mugaya Eriasa,46, a one of the victims and a resident of Kamuli revealed that the group defrauded him over Shs 9M in September last year