DPP sanctions files of five former MTN staff

“They should have been presented to court long time ago. I am wondering what the delay is,” Mr Butera said in a telephone interview, adding, “If they have not appeared, police should handle that bit.”

The five were expected to appear at the CID headquarters so as to have their police bonds renewed. None of them, however, made an appearance.

According to a copy of the charge sheet seen by this newspaper, charges have been preferred against MTN’s former Finance Manager Patrick Ssentongo (35), former cashier Joan Nabugwawo (30), former Revenue Assurance Analyst Brian Okurut (26) and two former Assistant Revenue Analysts Angella Ayo (25) and Eriya Baryamwijuka (26).

Sources at CID headquarters also intimated that investigations in a case involving MTN’s accountant, Mr John Paul Basabose, would be concluded this week.

The sources also intimated that three other staff were questioned by detectives over related allegations of fraud at MTN but not involving the Mobile Money Service.

Details of the charge sheet signed by Mr Butera indicate that Mr Ssentongo is accused of five counts of embezzlement amounting to a total of Shs9.96 billion in Mobile Money cash between May and December 2011.

Ms Nabugwawo and Ms Ayo are jointly accused of two counts each of embezzlement of MTN Mobile Money amounting to Shs3.82 billion.

Mr Okurut and Mr Baryamwijuka are also jointly accused of embezzling Shs5.846 billion. All the five are accused of electronic fraud and conspiracy to defraud MTN.

Detectives who spoke to this newspaper said attempts to contact the accused persons were futile by close of business yesterday.

“Most of them switched their known mobile phone numbers off,” one detective said.

Today, the files of all the individuals are expected to be presented to the Anti-Corruption Court.

For months now, investigations have been ongoing into alleged massive fraud and embezzlement at MTN.

Source: DailyMonitor


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