Four suspects were arrested last week on Friday for an alleged stealing money amounting to Ksh72,619,951.83 from Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).
The amount was transferred from KCB in smaller amounts to accounts domiciled with various banks in Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret and Malindi.
The four, Mr Benson Mwai Karugu, Mr Edmund Kirturi Mutua, Mr Evans Kenda Kiplagat and Mr Macdonald Mochama Mongwe will be charged today, after spending the weekend in police custody.
According to evidence gathered by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), 37 fictitious merchant companies were registered with KCB to facilitate the fraud through fraudulent point of sale card transaction claims which were approved by the four suspects and money sent to the companies’ account as Point Of Sale (POS) card settlements.
The DCI boss Mr George Kinoti speaking in a meeting held at a Nairobi Hotel warned the regulators,Banks and mobile service providers that most frauds are perpetrated by their own employees. He advised them to do a thorough background check before engaging them in whatever capacity.
Mr Peter Sungu Nyakomitta, a Branch Manager with Diamond Trust Bank( DTB) in Kisii was arrested and arraigned in Milimani Law Courts for stealing Ksh25Million from customer’s fixed account numbers. The theft was discovered after an internal reconciliation process was done.
In another incident, Mr Abel Onyango a Relations Officer with the Family Bank through sim swaps accessed customers’ accounts and withdrew Ksh1.5 Million without their knowledge. The accused was arrested and arraigned in court.
Mr Habil Onyango Owiti,a FOSA Manager and strong room custodian with Harambee Sacco Ltd removed from the vault in smaller amounts cash totaling to Ksh1,783,392 which was meant for the Sacco Area delegates & miscellaneous expenditure and fraudulently converted it into personal use.
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