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Four suspected fraudsters who featured on the list of 81 fraud suspects released by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Wednesday were Thursday arraigned at a Kiambu court on fraud charges.

The four, Grace Wanjiru Kamau, Abdikarim Yussuf Abdi, Abdullahi Ahmed Mohammed and John Munala Seka were part of a group of people that the DC1 believed to be behind the wave of electronic fraud and cyber-crime in the country.

The four allegedly conspired to alter customer prepaid card balances and customer data from the National Bank of Kenya core banking system, leading the bank to a loss of over 135.4 million shillings.

The suspects are then said to have spread the stolen money across several accounts and used proxies to withdraw the ill-gotten gains before the law caught up with them.

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The four suspects will remain in custody until Friday for their bond.

Electronic fraud and cybercrimes have been on the rise in the country, a situation that has seen financial institutions and organizations lose colossal sums of money to suspected criminals.

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On Wednesday, the DCI released names and pictures of over 80 suspects who were required to either surrender to police or face arrest.

Meanwhile, Nakuru East MP David Gikaria has accused the Directorate of Criminal Investigation of violating his rights by circulating his photograph holding a banner announcing his charges on social media.

Through his Attorney Lawrence Karanja said the DCI office has gone against a court order issued last December by Justice Wilfred Okwany to temporary restrain the DCI from posting such photographs especially on Twitter and FaceBook.

Appearing before Chief Magistrate Josephat Kalo, he added that the High Court had issued orders barring the DCI from circulating the photographs of the accused.

The court directed the accused to make a formal application on the same. The magistrate also directed the accused to provide a copy of the order he alleges the High Court made on the circulation of the mug shot. On Monday was arraigned in court and charged with conspiracy to defraud.

He also was accused of illegally taking possession of several parcels of land.

Gikaria, who appeared before Nakuru Principal Magistrate Bernard Mararo, denied eight counts of fraud and illegal possession of land.

He was released 300,000 shillings cash bail. The trial will be on April 17th this year.



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