Crime & Investigation

Bank Officer Arrested over Shs50m Fraud

Police in Kabale are holding in detention a Crane Bank Branch supervisor over fraud. 

Edwin Akampumuza Bekunda was arrested on Friday November 28th after several customers complained of losing their funds that they had deposited on their fixed deposit accounts.

The customers said that whenever they deposited money onto the accounts, unhealthy they were always issued with genuine receipts, but on checking their account balances, they found that the deposited money was not being reflected.

Milton Kyarisima, a businessman in the town says that he deposited shs 8,000,000 on November 13 before receiving valid receipts but that the money was not being reflected on his account when he checked a few days later.

After being told about this, the branch manager, Fred Twinobusingye went and reported the matter at Kabale Police Station leading to the immediate arrest of the supervisor responsible.

Bank officials said the customers’ deposits were safe and that Bekunda would be held to account for his alleged actions.

Fraud is a common phenomena in Uganda commercial banks, the latest being the forex scam at Stanbic Bank where over shs800m was taken by thugs after exchanging fake dollars.

Contacted, Twinobusingye referred us to police, saying he was not in position to give any more details.

Kigezi Regional Police Spokesperson, Elly Maate said that investigations into the matter were under way and that several other clients have also started raising similar complaints since the arrest of Akampumuza.

“I therefore call upon all those who might be having the same complaint, to formally take it to Kabale Police Station under reference number, CRB 3353/2014 so that it is followed,” Maate said.

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