UPDF Lieutenant Arrested Counterfeit Money Scam

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Major Dan Mpanga, the 5th Divison intelligence chief says Lieutenant Patrick Abong was arrested on Friday together with three other suspects including Kasim Bob Wandera, a resident of Busia town, Okello Tonny and Denis Ocii who were picked from Bweyale town council.

A Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) lieutenant attached to the 5th Divison has been arrested for alleged involvement in the circulation of counterfeit money in Lango sub region.

Major Dan Mpanga, the 5th Divison intelligence chief says Lieutenant Patrick Abong was arrested on Friday together with three other suspects including Kasim Bob Wandera, a resident of Busia town, Okello Tonny and Denis Ocii who were picked from Bweyale town council.

The three have all been handed over to police at Lira Central Station while Abong is being held at the 5th Division barracks at Achol-Pii.

According to Major Mpanga, Lt. Abong, who is attached to 5th Divison army barracks in Achol-Pii in Pader district, will be charged with scandalous and unbecoming behaviour before the Divison court martial.

The group was arrested during deferent operations conducted by the security operatives.

Lira district police detective chief, Godwin Tumugumye says they are holding three suspects who were handed to them by the army from the 5th Divison. He says the suspects will soon appear in court to answer charges of being in possession of counterfeit notes and illegal printing of Ugandan currency.

Maj. Mpanga said the suspects were arrested during an impromptu swoop which the army conducted jointly with police after receiving a report of fast circulating counterfeit notes in the market within the region.

He described the suspects as country’s economic saboteurs adding that more suspects will be arrested since the operation is ongoing.

Major Mpanga says the army also recovered 40 million shillings in counterfeit currency and a chemical which the suspects were using to print the fake notes.

Lira Resident District Commissioner Susan Akany urged the public to be very vigilant especially on strangers who go to buy their farm produce in the villages.

According to her there is currently a high rate of counterfeit notes’ circulation in the rural areas than in towns since most dealers prefer taking advantage of local people who are presumed to know little about the fake notes.