By Robert Edwomu & John Ogulei
Soroti—17, August 2021: A week after TND News exclusively published an article on how the Finance Trust Bank Soroti branch officials and the Soroti District Commercial Officer connived with a fraudster to withdraw over shs55 million from Emyooga bank accounts, Soroti Police has finally arrested him.
Moses Okiring Ebaku, who tormented three Emyooga groups in Gweri County Soroti district, was on Sunday night arrested.
Okiring was arrested in Oderai ward, Soroti City West Division, at around 21:30 hours from his hiding place. A joint security team led by the Resident District Commissioner [RDC] Soroti, Patrick Okumu, captured him.
Police say they have been hunting for him for “weeks”.
Okiring withdrew money from bank accounts of Gweri County Women Entrepreneurs, Gweri Boda-Boda Operators and Gweri Taxi Savings and Credit Cooperative Society’s Emyooga groups.
Okiring is accused among others, of withdrawing shs7.4 million from Gweri County Women Entrepreneurs SACCO before he also parted with shs4.1million that the group entrusted him to deposit on the savings account.
They have also accused him of getting funds worthy shs17.5 million from Boda-Boda Operators SACCO after he duped all group members of the Boda-Boda Association to photocopy each, 10 copies of their national identity cards and sign on it.
Okiring, a resident of Abelet village, Onyamai parish, Gweri Sub-County in Soroti District, has been on the run after this TND News published a detailed report on how he smartly withdrew money from different bank accounts “with nobody noticing his deeds”.
The evidence also indicated that the suspect withdrew shs28 million from Gweri Taxi Operators Savings and Credit Cooperative Society after he duped the bank to believe that the group changed signatories to the bank account.
Police in Soroti had opened the following general inquiry files against Emyooga funds fraudster: GIF/16/2021 for Women Entrepreneur SACCO, GIF/23/2021 for Boda-Boda Operators and GIF/24/2021 for Taxi Operators.
Some of the bank officials, the Customer Relations Officer, Accountants and Tellers who allegedly connived with the suspect, have also recorded statements.
The Soroti RDC confirmed the arrest, adding that the suspect was “a tactical man that used different strategies to beat security surveillance”.
Okumu also revealed that some of the complaining SACCO executive members were also arrested and released on police bond because they were feeding security with false information.