dfcu bank officials quizzed over theft of customer deposits

Three DFCU bank officials have appeared at the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) in connection to the theft of unspecified among of customer’s deposits.

The CID Spokesperson, Charles Twine confirmed that the three officials whose names he didn’t disclose were indeed interrogated a day ago following an official complaint lodged by the DFCU top management.

“The DFCU case was formally reported here and investigations are ongoing. Some three people were picked, interrogated and released on bond. Because this is a crime that was committed electronically,” Twine said.

Although Twine declined to reveal how much money was stolen, media reports put the figure at Shs 8billion. He also said detectives and their cybercrime team have already picked the logs and are analyzing them to establish how the fraudulent transactions were done.

Police said 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. They gave in their story but with electronic offences we don’t rely on stories. There are people were 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 said.

Police urged DFCU bank customers to be patient because steps are being taken to ensure culprits are brought to book.

Twine applauded the DFCU top management for informing CID in time to conduct investigations.

In 2018, CID registered 198 cases of electronic fraud resulting into the loss of Shs 610 million. 142 cases are still under inquiry; only sixteen have been taken to court and six secured convictions.