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Ex-banker, trader charged with stealing Sh3.5m from the dead

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Summary

  • A former bank teller and a trader have been charged with stealing over Sh3.5 million from a dead person's bank accounts.
  • Mr Eutycus Muguna Mutembei and Mr Ayugu Eugene Shivachi denied 13 counts when they were charged before Milimani Law Courts chief magistrate Martha Mutuku.
  • State prosecutor Anderson Gikunda said the two cybercrime suspects used a computer to access the bank accounts of the late Amos Ngatia Muiruri who passed on November 2020.

A former bank teller and a trader have been charged with stealing over Sh3.5 million from a dead person's bank accounts.

Mr Eutycus Muguna Mutembei and Mr Ayugu Eugene Shivachi denied 13 counts when they were charged before Milimani Law Courts chief magistrate Martha Mutuku.

State prosecutor Anderson Gikunda said the two cybercrime suspects used a computer to access the bank accounts of the late Amos Ngatia Muiruri who passed on November 2020.

Mr Gikunda said the accounts are held in KCB, Equity and NCBA.

Besides the late Muiruri’s, the prosecution said the cybercrime suspects also stole from the account of a private firm Pentafarm a total Sh3,533,930.

The alleged offences were committed in December 2020.

The first indictment against them was that of stealing Sh257,000 from the account of Mr Muiruri at KCB.

Mr muiruri died and was burried in November 2020.

Further Mr Gikunda stated the accused stole Sh997,000 and Sh650,000 from from NCBA while from Equity the suspects were accused of stealing Sh 979,830 and Sh 997,000 from KCB.

They are also charged with illegally accessing the data of the deceased at the KCB using a computer while operating it from an unknown locality.

The two are charged alongside a taxi driver and his wife for preparing to commit a felonyat Makuyu in Murang’a County.

Investigators are said to have recovered from them 47 safaricom lines registered under different subscribers, allegedly used to steal from unsuspecting public.

The alleged offence was committed February 11 2021 along the Thika-Makutano road.

They denied the offences against then applied to be freed on bond.

In the Sh3.5m theft case, Mr Mutembei and Mr Shivachi were freed on a cash bail of Sh500,000 while in the safaricom lines related charges each was admitted to a cash bail of Sh200,000.

The cases will be mentioned on March 3, 2021 for pretrial directions.