Some of the suspects in the theft of customers’ deposits from dfcu bank is out of the country, the CID spokesperson, Charles Twine has said.
Twine also confirmed that three bank officials connected with the theft of the money – said to amount to Shs8bn – were interrogated on Tuesday and released on bond.
“The dfcu case was formally reported here and investigations are ongoing. Some three people were picked, interrogated and released on bond,” Twine said, adding that some of the suspects in the crime are not workers of the bank and are actually outside the country.
“They were within the bank and others outside. There are people we’re vigorously looking for and one of them is outside the country. We shall use the normal process to trace for him and bring him back,” Twine told URN, before urging the bank’s customers to be patient because steps are being taken to ensure culprits are brought to book.
In a brief statement, dfcu said “The Bank wishes to clarify that in May 2019, the Bank detected a case of fraud that was immediately reported to the police (CID HDQTRS GEF 604/2019) and investigations are ongoing. Unfortunately, reports of this incident have been grossly and maliciously misrepresented in an attempt to damage the reputation of the Bank, destabilise the banking sector and the economy in general.”
In 2018, CID registered 198 cases of electronic fraud resulting into the loss of Shs610 million. 142 cases are still under inquiry; only 16 have been taken to court and six secured convictions.