A senior detective from the Director of Criminal Investigations officer narrated to court how two Safaricom employees allegedly planned to defraud the company a total of Sh 300 million.
Assistant superintendent of police Peter Maina attached at Safaricom head of money fraud section told Milimani Chief Magistrate Wendy Kagendo that the employees namely Simon Billy Kinuthia and Brian Njoroge Wamatu demanded from their employer the sum of money not to leak some privileged Safaricom subscriber data from the company database to the public.
They alleged to have committed the offence on diverse dates between may 1 and June 7, 2019.
” The first two accused who are seated in the dock had demanded about sh 300 Million from Safaricom Kenya limited saying failure to which they would expose the data to the public,”officer Maina said.
He told the court that they lodged investigations into the matter after receiving information from the telecommunications regulator head of Ethic Compliance Patrick Kinoti that there was one person by the name Benedict Kabugi Ndung’u who sent him a sample of the privileged data that he believed was staff of the company.
Kabugi who is also jointly charged with Kinuthia and Wamatu with demanding money by menaces and Computer fraud.
Maina informed the court that following the information he received from Kinoti was that Kabugi was demanding the money on behalf of his two co-accused.
Maina informed the court that Kinoti on behalf of Safaricom in abid to protect the information from being put to the public sent Kabugi a sum of Sh 50,000.
“Upon receiving the information we laid a trap and we managed to arrest the said Kabugi at a club in Westlands along Waiyaki way. It was through intelligence information and with help of members of the public,” the officer said
The court heard that Kabugi during arrest at the said club which he did not mention the name was in a company of one charles Njuguna Kimani.
Maina said that they arrested Kinuthia at club while unlawfully copying and transferring privileged safaricom subscriber’s data information from the telecommunications regulator database to unauthorized person namely Njuguna in contravention of the said Act.
He further stated that following the arrest of Kabugi and Kinuthia and intensive interrogation at DCI headquarters they revealed that they got the secret Safaricom data from two of it’s employees.
The two however helped the officers to the arrest of the two Safaricom employees at a club in Kilimani know as Grill House.
The accused persons phones, two laptops and hard drive which were recovered from them during arrest produce the same as exhibits in the matter.
The hearing was adjourned to February 16 and 17.
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