KAMPALA. A city businesswoman who was defrauded of $57,000 (Shs 188m) has told Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court that the suspects showed her a safe box stuffed with black dollars.
Ms Sunny Kaddu, revealed this while testifying against Nasser Nduhukire, 26, alias Brian Patrick, a civil engineer and Stephen Mugumya, 24, a technician.
She explained that she got to know Mugumya from a chef at her restaurant in Wandegeya, a Kampala suburb.
“… when I interacted with Mugumya, he told me that he had just finished studying in Zambia. He had made a graduation budget worth Shs30 million, and had some black dollars bequeathed to him by his late father but, required money for buying chemicals to clean them,” Ms Kaddu said.
She added that Mugumya told her that it was only his uncle Patrick who knew about the black dollars left by his deceased father, so she went on to tell him to consult his uncle to give him a go ahead to clean the money and use it. She gave him Shs150,000 for a start to collect the safe box from the village where it was kept.
“…the following day Mugumya returned with a box stuffed with black dollars and had some little chemical which was used to turn one $50 black dollar note. He asked me for more dollars to buy a chemical which he said cost $80,000. I did not have the whole sum but gave him some money with the hope that he would refund my money after exchanging,” she said.
However, when Ms Kaddu told her brother about the whole event, he advised her to report the matter to police, as she was bound to lose more money.
The suspects are facing five counts ranging from conspiracy to commit a crime, obtaining money by false pretence, forgery, uttering false documents and being in possession of forged bank notes.
Prosecution contends that the suspects and others still at large in August, 2015 within Kampala, conspired to obtain $$57,000 from Ms Kaddu falsely pretending that they were going to buy chemicals for purifying the US dollars whereas not. The accused as well reportedly forged receipt no. 8623 of the Federal Reserve Notes Department of Treasury of the US Government Washington DC 2014927068, which document they gave to Ms Kaddu.
It further asserts that on August 11, 2015, at Sayina Apartments in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb, the suspects without lawful authority or excuses had in their possession a forged $100 black dollar note.
The trial magistrate Mr Jamson Karemani adjourned the matter to May 11, for further hearing.