12 arrested in Rwanda over Equity Bank cyber fraud attempt


The Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has arrested 8 Kenyans over alleged cyber fraud attempted on Equity Bank.

Three Rwandans and 1 Ugandan were also arrested in connection with the scam.

“This group was arrested while in the process of hacking into the bank system to steal money from clients’ accounts,” RIB said on Friday.


The suspects are said to have fled to Rwanda after defrauding Equity Bank both in Kenya and Uganda.

The Rwandese authorities said the case file has been  compiled and submitted to the country’s Prosecution team for further direction.

“RIB urges the public to remain vigilant and always share information that can be used to prevent crime,” the investigating team added.

In September this year, a Kenyan man was sentenced to two years in prison and fined Ksh.325,400 (Rwf3 million) for defrauding Rwandans.

Charles Kinuthia was charged for soliciting money from hundreds of Rwandans to reportedly attend his “wealth conference” in Kigali.

He and his co-accused are said to have posed as motivational speakers and sent emails claiming that people would win $197 (Ksh.19,700) for attending the conference at Kigali Convention Centre


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