Six MTN Uganda Staff Convicted of Fraud

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Prosecution led by Marion Acio told court that the convicts and others still at large between January 23 and 25 2013 at MTN Towers and plot 77 Yusuf Lule Road in Kampala, carried out electronic fraud by transferring more than 3 billion Shillings from MTN dispute account to MTN mobile money agent lines.

Six MTN Uganda employees have been found guilty of illegally gaining access to the Mobile Money system before wiring cash amounting to over 3billion Shillings to various agent lines that they shared thereafter.

The Commercial Court presided over by Justice Paul Mugamba found three other MTN staff innocent of similar charges after prosecution failed to make a case against them.

The convicted staffs include Edrisa Sserunkuma, Joseph Magombe, Daniel Ssegujja, Henry Edgar Matovu, Irene Kauma and Peter Ayebale. The acquitted include Jerom Oketcho Jackchar, Joshua Kulaba and Mary Nassejje.

They were jointly facing charges ranging from embezzlement, theft, conspiracy to commit a felony, unauthorised access and electronic fraud.

The judge pointed out the confession to have committed the various offenses that were backed up with the huge sums of money recovered from their homes with no explanation to its source.

The judge also singled out the incident where Sserunkuma gave a flash disk that his colleague Ayebale used to gain access to mobile money system in MTN and wired cash to Mobile Money agent lines.

Prosecution led by Marion Acio told court that the convicts and others still at large between January 23 and 25, 2013 at MTN Towers and at plot 77 Yusuf Lule Road in Kampala, carried out electronic fraud by transferring more than 3 billion Shillings from MTN dispute account to MTN mobile money agent lines.

Further, prosecution alleged that convicts Magombe, Ayebale, Ssegujja, Matovu and Sserunkuma, between 23 and 25 January 2013, unlawfully possessed a computer component which is designed primarily to overcome security measures for the protection of data with regard to password and access code of MTN computer systems.

Court will pass the sentence tomorrow.

The judgment comes at the time when the same court is hearing another case of fraud involving six of MTN former employees. They are being prosecuted for conspiring to defraud the company 10.2 billion Shillings from the Mobile Money account.

According to the law, theft carries a maximum of ten years in jail, conspiracy to commit a felony carries a maximum of three years and electronic fraud carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.