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Mobile Money Agent accused of stealing over UGX 100m sent to Luzira over fraud

Asha Utamuriza, a Mobile Money Agent and sister to Shantal Murekatete who contested for Kanungu District Woman MP in 2021 General Elections has been sent on remand in Luzira prison.

Asha was yesterday aligned at Nakawa Magistrate Court on allegations of fraud. Asha hails from Kanungu District in Western Uganda. Her sister Shantal Murekatete, a Kanungu politician was also at court as the sister appeared in the dock.

Asha is accused of stealing over UGX 100m

Asha Utamuriza, an employee of Trnitel Uganda Limited was remanded to Luzira Prison over allegations that she stole over Shs100M from her bosses at Mindset Solutions Uganda limited.

Utamuriza, who was arrested a few days ago by operatives from the Special Investigations Division (SIU) in Kireka, was on Monday 4th April 2022, paraded before Nakawa Grade One Magistrate Posiano Odwori and charged with two counts of theft.

Asha being led to court on Monday

According to the charge sheet seen by our reporter, Utamuriza is alleged to have stolen Shs84m on March 22, 2022 from an account owned and managed by Mindset Solutions Uganda Limited, situated at Ntinda, Kampala.

Utamuriza is also alleged to have stolen Shs25, 267,000 from another account belonging to Trnitel Uganda Limited.

Although she denied the charges, sources privy to the matter reveal that the said money was banking float owned by Mindset Solutions Uganda limited, which operates a mobile banking business.

It is said that the owners of the company, which has a business relationship with Trnitel Uganda limited, decided to report the electronic financial fraud after observing discrepancies in the transactions on their accounts.
The sources reveal that initially on being arrested, Utamuriza first denies the fraudulent transactions but after being squeezed and shown all the evidence, she admitted, hence being paraded in court.

However, after denying the charges, she was remanded to Luzira Prison until April 19th, 2022.

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