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Thika Court detains 3 suspects charged with siphoning Sh 970,000 from granny’s Equity account

A Thika court has detained three suspects charged with stealing Sh. 970,000 from an Equity Bank account belonging to 73-year-old Faith Wanjiku in Thika for three days to allow police complete investigations..

The three, Anthony Kaiba, Kelvin Maina and Joseph Kariuki denied the charges of conspiring to steal.

Before Magistrate Anne Maina, they were charged that on July 16, 2019 together with others not before the court, they conspired to steal from Equity Bank Thika branch within Thika town.

The first and second accused were also charged that on the same date with others not before the court, they stole Sh. 970,000 from Wanjiku's Equity Bank account in the Bank's Thika branch within Thika town.

The prosecution led by State Counsel Wamuyu Nguai successfully applied for three days to hold the accused persons to pave way for completion of investigations and apprehend other suspects in connection with the case.

The three will be held at Thika police station until October 7 when the case will be mentioned.
Detectives based in Thika West police station arrested the three on Tuesday.

According to the DCI, the money was siphoned in four series using the Equity Bank’s Eazzy App, with Antony Kaiba, Kelvin Maina and one Vivian Jelagat receiving Sh 300,030 each.

The remainder of the loot was transferred to various Equitel mobile numbers.

The money is part of the payment the granny received after selling her parcel of land.

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