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Fraudsters arrested withdrawing KES 6M from a widow

26 April 2012, 14:48 Kelvin Wanjohi

Five fraudsters were on Tuesday arrested by police in Othaya as they were trying to withdraw KES 6 Million from a 70-year old widow at a micro finance institution.

The suspects, among them three women, arrived at Equity bank, Othaya branch in the morning and tried to convince one teller to transfer the money from owner of the account, Juliana Njoki, account to their own claiming that she was sick and had been admitted in Nyeri District Hospital, and thus was unable to facilitate the transfer.

They were claiming that the old woman was their mother and was ill, but the teller suspected something amiss and called one of her daughters who said that she did not know of any transfer that was supposed to take place.

The woman later came to Othaya police station where she said that one was a family member involved in the intended defraud and they had earlier disclosed to about the money and the intended plan.

The prime suspect who together with her accomplices, had tried to withdraw the money in a Limuru branch but were referred to Othaya, had spent some time with her in Nairobi before managed to access her Nationa Identity Card and the account details.

She said that those were savings from some assests left by his late husband and was about to buy a prime plot for her two sons in Nairobi.

Nyeri South District police boss, Adiel Nyange who confirmed the incident, said that they were not notified of the incident by the bank saying that investigations were underway and they were going to make more arrests in connection with the crime.

 He asked financial institutions to co operate with the police in order to curb such crimes

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