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Three bank employees arrested for stealing Sh28million from customers’ account

A customer withdraws money from an ATM machine. FILE PHOTO
A customer withdraws money from an ATM machine. FILE PHOTO
A bank manager has been arrested and charged in court with stealing Sh25 million from a customer's fixed accounts.

A bank manager has been arrested and charged in court with stealing Sh25 million from a customer’s fixed accounts.

The suspect, Peter Sungu, who worked for Diamond Trust Bank Kisii branch, is among three bank employees facing charges of theft of customers’ cash.

According to Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Sungu was charged at Milimani court after the theft was discovered through an internal reconciliation process.

The DCI has also disclosed the arrest and arraignment in court of one Habil Onyango, a Relations Officer with Family Bank, for the theft of Sh1.5 million from customers’ accounts through SIM swaps.

IN POLICE CUSTODY

Also in police custody is another suspect, Habil Onyango Owiti, a Fosa Manager and strong room custodian with Harambee Sacco Ltd.

According to the DCI, Mr Owiti removed from the vault in smaller amounts cash totaling to Sh1,783,392 which was meant for the Sacco Area delegates and miscellaneous expenditure and fraudulently converted it into personal use.

Following these incidents, DCI boss George Kinoti has notified locals banks, mobile money service providers and regulators that many cases of fraud are by their employees.

Kinoti has further advised the money lending institutions to do thorough background checks before prospective employees in any way.

About the author

HILARY KIMUYU

HILARY KIMUYU

Hilary has been a journalist with the Nairobi News since 2015 reporting on crime, entertainment, tech and any other issues that are of interest.



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