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Six Centenary Bank workers remanded to prison over fraud

Six employees of Centenary Bank have been sent to Kitalya and Kigo prisons on remand over charges of conspiracy to defraud the bank and unauthorized disclosure of bank information.

These include;- Steven Zziwa a banking officer at Centenary Bank – Bwaise branch, Nasir Doka the supervisor at the same branch, Diana Musisi Namubiru the branch assistant manager, Annet Nalumansi a banking officer as well as Oscar Mukombozi and Hassan Kintu Musoke personal bankers at the bank’s Entebbe branch.

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The accused before the Buganda Road Court Magistrate on Monday to be read the charges.

The prosecution alleges that the six and others still at large in the month of June in Kampala district or thereabout, conspired by deceit or fraudulent means to defraud money worth 152,800,000 the property of the bank from account no. 5020008320 held in the bank’s Isingiro branch in the names of Ignatius Begumisa Katetegirwe.

The prosecution further stated that Mukombozi and others on May 15 at the Entebbe branch having had access to the electronic record of Begumisa’s account disclosed the details to one Nelson Mwendya without authority, while Nalumansi disclosed the details to Gerald Mugagga then Kintu disclosed the details to Rashid Wasswa and Festo Manyangenda but on different days.

All the counts are contrary to section 309 of the Penal Code Act and section 18(1) and (2) of the Computer Misuse Act.

They all denied the offences and through their lawyer Paul Kaweesi and applied for bail which was rejected by the trial magistrate sent the defendants on remand and fixed December 22 as the day of hearing the bail application.

Others whose names appeared on the charge sheet but were not present in court to be charged are; Moses Mutungi Kashara a businessman, Abdulaziz Kiwalo a businessman, Joshua Mugumya a personal banker with the bank’s Mbale branch, Jacqueline Atom Bank of Africa’s Oasis Mall branch manager and Jessica Alungat a senior relationship officer with Bank Of Africa’s Oasis mall branch.

They are facing charges of forgery, uttering false documents, and theft among others.

The prosecution informed the court that inquiries into the matter are still ongoing.

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