Frank Gashumba, who was convicted of conspiracy to defraud dfcu bank in February, has again been arrested over another fraud case.
Gashumba was arrested with three others on Saturday on allegations of trying to defraud a Turkish company dealing in fire tenders of $28m (Shs79.9 billion) on pretext that they wanted to buy fire trucks on behalf of the Ugandan government. Deputy police spokesperson yesterday confirmed the arrests, saying Gashumba and his accomplices are being held on charges of obtaining money by impersonation, pretence, forgery, uttering false documents and theft.
“We are investigating Gashumba for impersonating the permanent secretary of Internal Affairs Ministry, and also forging government documents. Their files are yet to be submitted to the Resident State Attorney for advice,” he said.
How they planned it
It is alleged that on August 9, 2011, the suspects sent an e-mail in the names of Ministry of Internal Affairs to EYG Group Limited in Turkey, asking them to supply 58 fire tenders. The company’s response was positive, but the suspects told them to keep it a secret since it involved security issues.
After several correspondences, the Turkish dealers travelled to Uganda to sign an agreement and they were allegedly received by the suspects, who took them to Mr Gashumba’s office. The suspects asked them to pay $3,000 (Shs8.5m) to first register their company in Uganda and another sum for bidding process, which they paid. Police said the victims questioned the authenticity of the receipts. The Turkish dealers sought police help, which trapped the suspects and arrested the first three, who led detectives to Mr Gashumba’s office,” Mr Fred said.
Police later discovered that Gashumba had presented himself to the Turkish dealers as secretary of internal Afairs and signed the documents on behalf of the government.