A man who gained access into a Mombasa bank’s computer network and stole Ksh. 900,000 was apprehended on Friday in Nyamondo village in the Gucha South region of Kisii County.
On December 31, 2022, Francis Mairura, 22, allegedly hacked into the bank’s system and transferred money to six separate M-Pesa accounts that were registered in his name.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) issued a statement stating that “sleuths based at DCI’s operations support unit traced the cash which was siphoned through a breach of the Sacco’s IT systems and moved to six M-Pesa accounts linked to the suspect.”
The suspect, who was at the time bouncing between two homes—Witeithie estate in Thika town and Gitambaya in Ruiru—executed the high-level fraud that took place on December 31, 2022, between 3:30 and 5 p.m.
The DCI claims that once Mairura became aware that the police were tracking him, he fled to his rural Kisii house.
However, detectives quickly caught up with the internet fraudster.
Unaware that the sleuths were on his tail, they invaded his country home at the crack of dawn this morning and smoked him out, according to the DCI
After searching the suspect’s home, authorities found Ksh. 600,000, three mobile phones, and an HP laptop that they believe was used in the hacking.
The suspect has subsequently been transferred to Mombasa, where he will face charges for his crimes.