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High Court Convicts 6 in 3Bn MTN Mobile Money Scandal

MTN Uganda top Executive Brian Gouldie

High Court in Kampala this morning has convicted six out of the nine former MTN workers, implicated in a massive Shs 3.1 billion fraud.

The case was running concurrently with yet another one at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo, where six others are also accused of defrauding the telecom company of Shs 10.2 billion.

In both cases, the former company workers are accused to taking advantage of a frail MTN Mobile Money system named Fundamo, to generate fake e-money, which they went on to cash through various mobile money accounts in and out of Kampala.

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High Court today presided over by Justice Paul Mugamba, concluded that six of the nine in the second case were found liable according to the evidence adduced since the case was opened back in January 2013.

Those who were found guilty are; Joseph Joshua Magombe a MTN mobile money agent, Daniel Ssegujja a sales representative, and Irene Kauma a sales executive for Essy Mobile Money.

The others are Edrisa Sserunkuma of Kawempe a city suburb, Henry Matovu a self-employed businessman of Seguku and Peter Ayebale a cleaner.

The same court acquitted Jerome Okecho, Joshua Kulaba and Mary Nasejje who were found not liable of the seven counts related to the scandal.

Justice Mugamba has set tomorrow, Tuesday as the day when he will sentence the accused each in accordance with the gravity of their involvement in the fraud.

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