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Counterfeit crackdown hits organized criminal group in Katwe

posted onFebruary 4, 2021
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The Directorate of Crime Intelligence in close coordination with the territorial police in Katwe has nabbed seven suspects who had been camping at Linca Hotel in Ndeeba, Kampala, and dealing in counterfeit US dollars.

Patrick Onyango, a spokesman for Kampala Metropolitan Police, says the operation recovered fake US dollars totaling $320,000 and a safe.

The suspects have been identified as Muliisa Robert Ivan, male adult and resident of Mpererwe; Asiimwe Hillary Mark, male adult and resident of Namasuba Kikajjo; Tukwasibwe Rosemary, a female adult and resident of Kamwenge Rugonjo; Gatete Geoffrey, male adult and resident of Kyebando Katale Zone, Tusasirwe Anitah a female adult and resident of Ndejje, Hadengho Moses a male adult and resident of Masajja A.

According to police, the gang was “thoroughly surveilled over a couple of months” for defrauding victims by selling the fake US dollars at prices lower than the prevailing exchange rates and related multiplicity scams.

“The exhibits are to be submitted for further forensic analysis at Bank of Uganda, while the suspects are being processed on charges of dealing in forged currency notes counterfeiting and uttering counterfeit currency notes,” Onyango revealed.

Police has warned all unscrupulous business persons who engage in fake US dollars and other illicit transactions that its multi-agency task teams are robust and will crack them down and bring them to justice.

The public has also been urged to remain vigilant especially when approached by dealers fronting transactions that appear so lucrative.

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