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Four people arrested for stealing money from Gen Salim Saleh’s Bank Account

Gen. Salim Saleh is a senior defence advisor and brother of President Museveni (File Photo)

Four people have been arrested for attempting to steal Shs 43 Million from General Salim Saleh’s account held at Stanbic Bank Uganda.

The four have been identified as Isima Katende, Mawejje Yahaya, Mukasa Tukiko, and Steven Ssemwogere.

It is alleged that on 16 April 2021, the suspects hacked into General Saleh’s email account and gave an express instruction to the Bank Manager Stanbic Bank to effect payment on telephone numbers 070479939507073827020750669242, and 0705588790 through the bank to wallet facility.

“Upon receipt of the email, the manager suspected fraud because their client (General Saleh) had never transacted in such similar manner and therefore unlikely to be genuine transaction,” said COD spokesperson Charles Twine.

“Upon verification with General Saleh about the email transaction, he confirmed to the bank that the email was fraudulently sent and instructed that the transaction be cancelled.”

Probe

Through his Military advisor, a case file was opened at Special Investigations Division (SID) and the investigations commenced until the suspects were arrested.

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Cases of bank fraud have been on the rise.

Several telecommunications companies last year lost billions in bank fraud aided by unregistered sim-cards.

At the time of arrest, the suspects were found with 613 fraudulently registered Sim-cards and computer laptops that the suspects have been using to defraud other people using similar methods.

Twine said 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,” said Twine.

Other people arrested were 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,” said Twine.

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“Finally, we would like to applaud Stanbic Bank for their resolute, keen and timely intervention of detecting and curtailing this fraud, and we also call upon other banks to dully follow the KYC principle and other forms of due diligence to safeguard their clients’ money.”

The post How Fraudsters Hacked Gen Salim Saleh Bank Account first appeared on ChimpReports.



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