Police in Kampala have revealed that they are holding four people over an attempt to steal Ugx 43 Million from the account of president Museveni’s elder brother General Salim Saleh’s account held at Stanbic Bank Uganda.
According to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) spokesperson Twiine Charles, the four are Isima Katende, Mawejje Yahaya,
Mukasa Tukiko, and Ssemwogere Steven.
It is alleged that on 16 April 2021, the suspects hacked into General Saleh’s email account and instructed the Bank Manager Stanbic Bank to effect payment on telephone numbers 0704799395, 0707382702, 0750669242 and
0705588790 through the bank to wallet facility.
However,upon receipt of the email, Twiine said the manager got suspicious of the deal due to the unusual manner in which their client (General Saleh) had never made transactions.
Mr Twiine noted that after consulting with General Saleh , the email was confirmed to be fraudulently sent and the transaction was consequently cancelled.
Through his Military advisor, a case file was opened at Special Investigations Division (SID) and the investigations commenced until the suspects were arrested.
At the time of arrest, Mr Twiine said the suspects were found with 613 fraudulently registered Sim-cards and computer laptops that they have been using to defraud other people using similar methods.
“The recovered exhibits shall be examined scientifically by experts to establish information that could be potential evidence for other related offenses from previous acts. The suspects have since admitted to having defrauded several people’s accounts from different banks,” Mr Twiine said in a statement.
Police has also arrested seven Registration Agents from telecommunication companies that were fraudulently registering sim-cards and selling them, contrary to the Simcard registration guidelines issued by the Uganda Communications Commission.
“The arrested will be charged to Court on Charges as provided for under the Computer Misuse Act (2011) as well as the Penal Code Act,” he revealed.
Mr Twiine applauded Stanbic Bank for their “resolute, keen and timely intervention of detecting and curtailing this fraud”, and called upon other banks to dully follow the KYC principle and other forms of due diligence to safeguard their clients’ money.