Bank Employee Accused of Stealing Ksh 66M Released on Bail

Milimani Law Courts
Milimani Law Courts that hosts a number of courts within the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

An employee of a local bank, accused of stealing Ksh66.9 million, has been released on Ksh1 million cash bail or Ksh5 million bond.  

The employee was accused of using his knowledge of the bank's system to steal millions in a series of transactions in one day. 

While appearing before senior principal magistrate Ben Mark Ikhubi, the protection told the court that the suspect carried out the transactions on August 3, 2023.

The employee has, however, denied the allegation, claiming they are false. 

Photo of someone writing a cheque.
Photo of someone writing a cheque.

The prosecution sought orders to hold the suspect for more days to allow investigations, but Magistrate Ikhubi released him.  

The case will be mentioned on November 2, 2023.

Banking fraud in Kenya has increased in the past decade as mobile banking and mobile money have grown, with victims losing millions. 

Cyberfraud and insider dealings have been blamed for some of the cases, with banks silently sending home staff accused of stealing or colluding with criminals. 

The latest data by the Kenya Financial Sector Stability Report revealed that bank fraud had grown from 14 per cent in 2009 to 84 per cent in 2022.

Out of this, 6.1 per cent accounted for mobile bank users, 25.9 per cent for mobile money users, and 6.8 percent for bank account users.

Additionally, 34.5 per cent and 25.9 per cent of bank account holders attributed the loss of their money to an inside job within the institutions and phone-related fraud respectively.

A photo of a gavel used in court.
A photo of a gavel used in court.
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