Kampala- Police have arrested a man accused of being a star conman who had been selling counterfeit currency notes to unsuspecting bank clients within banking halls.
Tonny Muyingo was arrested with his alleged accomplice only identified as Hassan after they reportedly defrauded one Mr Godfrey Mubiru of Shs18m inside dfcu Bank hall on Jinja Road on May 20.
Both suspects are detained at Kampala Central Police Station on offences of theft contrary to sections 254 and 261 of the Penal Code Act.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Owoyesigire said: “He [Muyingo] has a couple of cases with us at police. There is one where he defrauded someone in Bank of Africa in January. We have been looking for him to record his statement.”
Muyingo has been in and out of police jail over similar offences. He has been arrested and detained nine times at Central Police Station, four times at Old Kampala Police Station and six times at Katwe Police Station. In majority of cases he was released on police bond or court bail.
He ranks number one on the police public notice on the wanted list of conmen and tricksters.
In the newest incident, according to the police records, Muyingo and his colleague found Mr Mubiru in the bank making a financial transaction.
The duo pretended to have forex currencies which they would sell to anyone at good rates. The victim, anticipating good business, accepted their offer and exchanged his genuine Uganda currency with their fake foreign notes.
“I made a report at CPS Kampala, but I was shocked when the police officers told me they knew the suspect. They were unwilling to arrest them. The suspect was contacted and he said he could only give me Shs8m, which I rejected,” Mr Mubiru complained to senior police detectives at CPS.
He said Muyingo delivered only Shs5m to the officers to pass it on to him, but when he refused it, the detectives recorded it as an exhibit.
Mubiru told Daily Monitor that when the negotiations failed, he vowed to petition Police Headquarters and this prompted the police officers to track Muyingo in Nagalama.
When a traffic officer stopped Muyingo’s car in Nagalama, Mukono District, he attempted to run over him and sped away but he was later arrested from his home in Kasubi.