Police nab man with 66 forged rubber stamps

03Jan 2020
The Guardian
Police nab man with 66 forged rubber stamps

POLICE in Mbeya Region is holding one Abraham Obed (55), resident of Isanga Ward in Mbeya City for holding 66 forged rubber stamps of various institutions including the Police Force, Judiciary and Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA).

Speaking to reporters in his office yesterday, Mbeya Regional Police Commander SACP Ulrich Matei said the suspect was arrested December 31 2019 at 5.00 in the evening along Sokoine Street in Sisimba Ward.

He said the police had received a tip from some city residents accusing the suspect of copying rubber stamps and using them to stamp on documents with fake claims.

Matei said after receiving the tip they started investigating and when he was arrested he was found with the rubber stamps including documents with the stamps’ imprints on them.

He mentioned other institutions affected by his copying of rubber stamps as NMB Bank, Access Bank, Mbeya District Trade Officer, and various street local government chairmen and ward secretaries.

He said the suspect was also found with a laptop, insurance stickers for motor vehicles and various students’ academic certificates.

“In the past the suspect was an insurance agent working with GMT Company but later he was suspended and started this illegal business. He did not want to go to farm,” said Matei.

He said recently some teachers were nabbed with fake documents to apply for bank loans and it is now believed the suspect was involved.

He said they are still investigating the matter to know the extent of his offences and the police is liaising with TRA to interrogate the man to find out about illegal transactions by using the rubber stamps.

He also said they will liaise with other institutions to find out losses, if any, they have sustained from the activities of the suspect.

Meanwhile Matei confirmed that two children from one family – Faisal Mashaka (5) and Farhana Mashaka (1 year and five months) who were reported missing from their home in Mbeya in controversial circumstances have been found in Tabora.

He said the police have already dispatched officers to Tabora with the children’s parents to fetch them.

One man is being held by the police in Tabora in connection with the incident, he added.