Police arrest three suspects in Sh 970,216 Equity Bank account theft

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By DAVID KAMAU

Police have arrested three suspects in a case in which Sh 970,216 was stolen from the account of a 73-years old woman at Equity Bank.

Ms Faith Wanjiru had alleged that she opened an account with Equity bank on the 31st day of May 2019 and deposited Sh 2 million after she sold a piece of land.

She added that she wanted to use the money to buy another piece of land and built a house to live in for the rest of her life.

However, her dream was shattered when she discovered that on the 16th day of July 2019 the sum of Kshs. 970,216, was illegally siphoned from her account in four series of transactions using Equity Bank’s Eazzy App platform.

Yesterday, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) announced that it had arrested three suspects in connection with the incident. Those arrested include Antony Babu Kaira, Kelvin Maina and Joseph Kariuki.

“Three suspects who siphoned over Sh 970 from Equity Bank account of 67 years-old, Ms Faith Wanjiku were arrested today by @DCIKenya detectives based at Thika West in an intelligence led operation. The three Antony Babu Kaira, Kelvin Maina and Joseph Kariuki are in lawful custody,” the statement revealed.

Ms Wanjiku had said that a report from the bank showed that the money was wired to the following accounts: Ksh 300, 030. 00 to Vivian Jelagat Kips, Ksh 300, 030. 00 transferred to Anthony Babu Kaira, Ksh 300, 030. 00 Kelvin Maina Mwaniki and Ksh 70, 000  to various Equity numbers.

She said this happened while she has no smart phone and she has never registered to use Equity Bank’s Eazzy App platform.

Ms Wanjiru had noted  that this happened while she has no smart phone and she has never registered to use Equity Bank’s Eazzy App platform.

“Eventually, your staff came up with a report, which they refused to share with me or give me a copy. I was simply told that because my sister assisted me to withdraw money from an ATM – I compromised my PIN and could not be assisted further,” she adds.

She adds that she is sick and her sister is her only trusted caretaker and the bank employees have told her that she is not among the suspects.

“I am landless because I am in default of a land agreement. All that because someone in your bank, a bank I trusted with my dreams and vision was careless or is intentionally stealing,” she complains.

Ms Wanjiru says it is unfortunate that her money was withdrawn through an APP she does not have on her phone and the bank has refused to act in good faith.

Kenyans on social media launched a campaign to compel Equity Bank to refund her money.

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