The Akwa Ibom State Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered a syndicate of bankers who specialize in stealing from bank accounts of their deceased customers by means of signature forgery.
Mbong Essien, Akwa Ephraim Akwa, Precious John, Kenneth Udoetuk, and Ubong Udom were also specialized in executing fraudulent transactions, including debits from customer’s account.
The five suspects who were arraigned before a Justice Archibong Archibong of the Akwa Ibom State High Court in Uyo on Monday were arrested by operatives of the anti-graft commission in the capital city.
They were charged with 23 counts bordering on conspiracy, forgery, obtaining by false pretence and criminal conversion of depositors’ funds to the tune of N37.69 million.
The tip-off to their arrest came after the Management of Fidelity Bank Plc, Abak Road branch in Uyo and 72 of the bank customers wrote a petition to the commission of suspicious withdrawal from their customer’s accounts, including that of a deceased customer.
After streams of investigations, the EFCC revealed that Mbong used his position as the Head, Operations and Transaction Service and Delivery, established a criminal syndicate that specialised in perpetrating the fraudulent transactions and deductions and also ran a fictitious fixed deposit account with interests accruing to it.
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