Mulago Hospital Boss Named in Stanbic Bank Fraud

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Alison Kantarama Emeribe, the assistant commissioner support services, wrote to the IG, after detecting numerous Electronic Fund Transfers-EFT transactions credited to her account in Stanbic Bank-Wandegeya Branch. The money would be withdrawn moments after its deposited to her account.

A senior staff of Mulago Hospital has petitioned the Inspectorate of Government to probe fraudulent transactions on her bank account. 

Alison Kantarama Emeribe, the assistant commissioner support services, wrote to the IG, after detecting numerous Electronic Fund Transfers-EFT transactions credited to her account in Stanbic Bank-Wandegeya Branch. The money would be withdrawn moments after it's deposited to her account.

The suspected fraud on account number 9030005897938 started in 2012 and went on undetected through 2013, according to Kantarama's petition to the IGG.

In some of the transactions, over 8 million Shillings was transferred to the account on November 6, 2012 and withdrawn moments later. Another suspicious deposit of 9 million Shillings was placed on December 12, 2012, 10 million Shillings was deposited on February 6, 2013 and another 11 million Shillings deposited on March 11, 2013.

A statement seen by Uganda Radio Network indicates that such transactions continued with a deposit of over 11 million Shillings on April 8 and another 12 million Shillings on May 7. In all the transactions, the money would be drawn off the account on the same day.

Kantarama says she had no knowledge of the transactions. She however suspects that there was connivance between the bank and her employer Mulago Hospital.

"Numerous Bank of Uganda EFT transfers were being deposited on my account and returned to originator-Mulago Hospital, on the same day. This was a major concern that confirmed to me fraud through collusion between these parties," her letter to the IGG reads.

She adds; "The batch numbers on which the payments were effected are a responsibility of Dr B. Byarugaba, the Executive Director as accounting officer of Mulago Hospital, but also for money to be returned off my account is an issue in the responsibility of Stanbic Bank.
 
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"I request that this matter be investigated as this practice is likely to be applying to many more incidents with other members of staff and suppliers etc," reads her letter to the IGG in part.

"When I found out that 62, 902,427 million shillings had been transacted on my account without my knowledge..., I wrote applying to the bank for a statement for a period 2011 and August 2016. But, the manager advised me that it could cost me too much money," Kantarama says.
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"This may be a revelation of the matter in which Government is losing money and staff being robbed by these characters," she revealed.

Her complaint was received by the IGG on October 11, 2016.

However, Mulago Hospital Spokesman Enock Kusasira denied the hospital's knowledge on interference with Alison Kantarama's account saying this could be a fabrication.

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Cathy Adengo, the Corporate Communications Manager at Stanbic Bank Uganda denied knowledge of the case and asked for more time to understand the matter.

 

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