ATM guards among three arrested as M-Pesa fraud syndicate busted


ATM guards among three arrested as M-Pesa fraud syndicate busted
Suspects linked to various cases of M-Pesa fraud after their arrest. PHOTOS | COURTESY

In Summary

  • Robert Mwaura Mwita was arrested alongside two security guards – Stanley Nyakundi and Godfrey Masinde Simiyu – stationed at ATMs in the city.
  • Mwaura allegedly sent the guards secret withdrawal codes which they would then use to withdraw money from the ATMs.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Sunday arrested the prime suspect linked to various cases of M-Pesa fraud involving millions of shillings.

Robert Mwaura Mwita was arrested alongside two security guards – Stanley Nyakundi and Godfrey Masinde Simiyu – stationed at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in the city.

According to the investigative agency, Mwaura would send the guards secret withdrawal codes which they would then use to withdraw money from the ATMs.

“Upon withdrawing the money conned from unsuspecting members of the public, the said guards have been taking their agreed upon portion and sending the rest to Mwaura, the prime suspect,” said the DCI.

The DCI further established that the two guards had in September alone sent at least Ksh.2.2 million to Mwaura.

The suspects are presently in custody and will be arraigned in court on Tuesday to answer to appropriate charges.

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