Police apprehends Key Suspect over US$40k Bank Robbery
Rwanda Police this Friday arrested a man believed to be major suspect for an attempted robbery of Rwf30.5 million from Kenya Commercial Bank.
A reliable source has told newsofrwanda that the suspect, Gilbert Mazimpaka, was this afternoon rounded up by Police at Bank of Kigali, after he had falsified a transaction from a clientâ€™s account belonging to a Kenya Commercial Bank client to another fake account in Bank of Kigali.
â€œOn Wednesday, this man (Mazimpaka) came to KCB branch offices with a forged cheque. He requested for a transfer of Rwf30.5 million from our clientâ€™s account registered in his names,â€ said the source who preferred anonymity told our newsmen.
â€œAfter the transaction, the real account owner received an SMS alert and called us immediately,â€ the source said
When the Bank of Kigali officials were contacted, they confirmed the suspect was arrested by Police.
â€œWhen KCB discovered its client had lost the money, they contacted us and we immediately blocked the recipientâ€™s account. We informed KCB which alerted Police that came and arrested him (suspect),â€ a top BK official said but did not provide more details.
â€œThe suspect was arrested around 1pm at Bank of Kigali main branch,â€ added the source.
According to KCB official; the bank has registered over five similar cases in the past 7 months.
Police has been hunting several cyber-security criminals robbing millions through fake bank accounts.
In 2014, a Nigerian citizen, Seheed Olalejan Adebayo entered Rwanda and connected with John Ruzige Gasana, a Rwandan and registered a company; Miriensol Holdings Limited claiming that they would be offering travel and tour services.
According to Police, unlike the fact that the business may have looked at authentic at a face value, it was actually a scam.
Following the registration of the company, Gasana went to one of the local banks and acquired a countertop card named â€˜Point-of-Sellâ€™ (POS) device â€“ a machine used to process financial transaction from one bank account to another using a credit or debit card.
Police said that in less than a week, the tour and travel company had received US$175,800 (Rwf130million) from several POS payments all coming from several individuals across Europe.