Househelp in court for stealing 13m/- from employer 

DAR ES SALAAM: A 22-YEAR-OLD house girl, Riziki Kanena, has been arraigned before the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam charged with stealing over 13m/- from her employer through mobile banking transactions.

She appeared in court accused together with her accomplice (Laulentina Yustad), who is accused of receiving some of the stolen money.

Before the Principal Resident Magistrate, Pamela Mazengo, the duo was not allowed to answer anything because the court has no jurisdiction to entertain such economic sabotage matter.

The prosecution, led by State Attorney Titus Aron, informed the court that investigation into the case has not been completed.

He, therefore, requested an adjournment pending further procedures and investigation.

The magistrate granted the request and adjourned the case to August 14 this year for another mention.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Advocate Aron claimed that the accused are facing a total of five charges, including illegal access to a computer system, stealing, fraud, receiving stolen property and using a SIM card registered in another person’s name.

Elaborating, Aron claimed that in the first count of illegal access to computer systems, contrary to Sections 4(1) and (2) of the Cyber Crimes Act No. 14 of 2015, it is alleged that the first defendant (Riziki) between January 3, and June 5, this year, at Mikocheni area  in  Kinondoni District in Dar es Salaam, intentionally and unlawfully caused a computer system with CRDB mobile banking account number 01J1020685400 belonging to Florence Neckemia Kazimoto to be accessed.

However, in the second count of computer-related fraud, contrary to Sections 12(1)(a) and (2) of the Cyber Crimes Act No. 14 of 2015, it is also alleged that between the aforementioned dates and locations, the first accused intentionally, unlawfully and fraudulently transmitted through a computer system to wit CRDB mobile banking a total of over 13.8m/- from a bank account to mobile number 0684056431, which was the property of Florence Neckemia Kazimoto.

The prosecutor further claimed that, in the third count of stealing, the accused, between the aforementioned dates and location, stole over 13m/- through mobile banking from a bank account belonging to the aforementioned victim.

The fourth count involves accused number two (Laulentina) receiving stolen property contrary to Section 311 of the penal code [Cap. 16, RE 2022].

It is alleged that Laulentina, between January 3 and June 5 this year, at Akamea-Karagwe District in Kagera, through her mobile number 0754012590, received over 5.4m/- while knowing the same had been unlawfully acquired.

The court also heard that, in the last count, the first accused is again accused of using a SIM card registered in another person’s name, contrary to Regulations 4(4), 5(1), and (3) of the Electronic and Postal Communications Act (simcard registration) and Regulation Number 112 of 2020.

It is alleged that the accused, between the aforementioned dates and location, used a SIM card with registration number 0694056431 registered in the name of Yusuph Antony Mboko without notifying the service providers.

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