Police in a joint security operation have arrested members believed to belong to a syndicate of Ugandan, Congolese and Cameroonian fake gold dealers.
Security agencies say action to arrest members of the criminal gang was activated after reports emerged that they had conned a Chinese investor.
According to Police, a Chinese businessman identified as Star Yang was lured to travel to Uganda with the prospect of buying gold.
In a statement by Kampala metropolitan police, “Upon reaching Uganda, he was linked to a one James Byaruhanga alias Governor who said he had a company which deals in gold.”
It’s alleged that Yang was showed two genuine gold bars which were subjected to test by a one Sayid Musanji.
After tests, the businessman was asked to deposit 83000 US Dollars approximately shs 370 million and then promised to return in a few days to pick up the ready gold bar consignment.
It was upon failure to provide the businessman with the agreed gold bars, that prompted him to seek assistance from authorities and a theft report was filed against the syndicate.
Police said that upon search at the premises of the criminal company, suspects were found in illegal possession of G4S Private Security organization uniforms, 100 kilograms of suspected fake gold, weighing scales and gold testing machines.
Security agencies identified the suspects as James Byaruhanga 40, a resident of Kabowa, Patrick Ndenzi 21 a Congolese, Boniface Munagabe 34, Frank Ngabirano 33, Ummo Amati 38, and Mike Lota 43.
Other suspects include; Walter Adenyo, Fred Ndayi 16, John Tumukunde 20, Robert Sseguya 30, Bruce Kamugisha 33, Junior Okungi and Sayid Musanji.
Police said the gold samples are to be taken to the Government Analytical Laboratory for testing and suspects would be charged with theft if found guilty.
The suspects are currently detained at Kabalagala Police Station pending arraignment in courts of law.