Socialite Don Zella real names Sheila Nadega is in deep trouble for allegedly possessing American counterfeit currency amounting to $80000.
The fake money is equivalent to shs 295 million.
In an attempt to dupe Speke Apartments owned by tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia where Don Zella had spent the entire Christmas holiday, she dragged her host to Court over theft of $90000.
However, Ruparelia Group head of security Ahmed Bongo in a letter sent to and received by U.S Embassy in Uganda he reports that police recovered 80000 fake dollar from the suspect.
“As you will see on your own investigations, she did not seem eager to follow up with police on this matter and never asked on the state of the said American currency,” the letter reads in part.
The letter further says “As CCTV footage exits and can be availed pointing to lkely connivance between the said Nadege Sheilla and the principal suspect in the CCTV footage, police effected an arrest of the principle suspect in the CCTV footage”.
Bongo explains that on arrest , the suspect was found with up to USD 80000 in counterfeit American currency and European Union currencies.
“The exhibits are still at Jinja road police and Sheilla Nadege is still at large with indications that she is likely to leave the country soon. It appears evident that there is an international racket inclusive of the arrested suspect and the said Don Zella dealing in counterfeit USD and EU currencies”
Ruparelia Group wants the American Embassy to interest itself in the prospect of the international racket dealing in counterfeit currencies and thus pursue the matter to its logical conclusion.
The European Union and the financial intelligence authority have also been notified.
This follows after Jinja Road police arrested a one Adome Jeremy, 36, for allegedly stealing 80,000 USD from the Room 107 at Speke Apartments.
The money allegedly stolen belonged to Don Zella who had booked the apartment for 30 days on the December 5th, 2020.
According to CCTV footage recovered from the apartment on December 24th 2020 , the suspect , who is the same time a resident in the building , is seen accessing room 107 with another person yet to be arrested.
They are later seen leaving with items. The suspect later fled to his home in Arua.
The police used all relevant information available and was able to trace him to his home.
He was arrested Yesterday.
A sum of 60,000 USD counterfeit money has been recovered from the suspect and it has since been exhibited.
He has, however, insisted that the exhibited money is what he stole from the room.