Tuesday May 20 2014

Mobile money fraudsters convicted


Court has sentenced two mobile money fraudsters to three-years in jail after they were convicted of conspiring to defraud agents in western Uganda.

Grade I Magistrate Elizabeth Akullo also ordered the convicts to compensate Mr Rogers Mbabazi, the victim, with Shs2m.
The convicted are Wilber Abaho Munyankole, 25, and Robert Serwadda, 23, all residents of Luwafu Zone, Nakinyuguzi Ward in Makindye Division, Kampala.

It is alleged that Abaho and Serwadda conspired and defrauded Mr Mbabazi of Shs1.3m at Bunagana in Kisoro District.
Ms Akullo ordered that Shs1.15m the convicts had tendered in court be given to Mr Mbabazi as part of the refund and they will pay the balance after serving their sentences.

Increased cases
The conviction comes at a time when cases of fraud and killings in the money transfer services are on the increase.
MTN, one of the telecom companies that deal in mobile money transfer services, together with police, recently launched a country-wide operation that seeks to weed out fraudsters and criminals who are robbing money from unsuspecting agents.

Recently, suspected armed robbers attacked a mobile money agent on Entebbe Road leading to the death of the Kajjansi Police Station officer in charge, Joseph Bigirwa.

Related to this, armed robbers attacked an MTN centre in Mubende District and in Ntinda, Kampala but were repulsed by police, killing three people in both incidents.

Abaho and Serwadda are to appear again on Wednesday to battle another case in which they are accused of stealing money from Annet Nyiramutozo, a mobile money agen,t of Bahinizi Group in Kyanika, Kisoro.