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2 Jkuat students charged with ksh 190M attempted bank theft

Students charged for attempted bank theft

Two Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology students were yesterday,26 October charged with an attempt to defraud a bank through hacking.

Anthony Mwangi 21, and Ann Wambui 23 were accused of jointly with others not before the court, attempting to steal from NCBA bank through hacking.

The two committed the offence on or before 20, October at an unknown place in Kenya.

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The court heard that between October 20 and 22 at NCBA Bank head office in Nairobi’s Upper Hill area, the accused stole Sh25.4 million from the bank. They committed the offence with others not before the court.

They denied the charges before principal Magistrate Caroline Muthoni at the Milimani law courts. They were granted a Ksh 500,000 bail or an alternative Ksh 2Million bond.

The case will be mentioned on 10, November for pre-trial.

According to their lawyer Stephen Arunda, the accused were going to comply with the orders issued.

He also added that it was a communication from Mwangi to the bank about a system anomaly that led to their arrest.  He communicated to the bank through twitter.

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“The alleged crimes happened on an IT platform, particularly a mobile phone,” he said.

The accused had alerted the bank that there was a system anomaly through twitter before they were summoned by the bank for inquiry.

They presented themselves and left but were later arrested after investigation.

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