The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) has uncovered a prison syndicate of bankers who concentrate on forging signatures of deceased financial institution clients and stealing from their accounts.
In an announcement on Monday, the anti-graft company disclosed that the suspects had been arrested by operatives hooked up to its zonal workplace in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
In line with it, the suspects additionally execute fraudulent monetary transactions, together with unauthorised debits of depositors’ funds.
They’re Mbong Essien, Akwa Ephraim Akwa, Treasured John, Kenneth Udoetuk, and Ubong Udom
The EFCC stated the suspects had been arraigned on Monday earlier than Justice Archibong Archibong of the Akwa Ibom State Excessive Courtroom sitting in Uyo.
They had been charged with 23 counts bordering on conspiracy, forgery, acquiring by false pretence and prison conversion of depositors’ funds to the tune of N37.69 million.
“The management of Fidelity Bank Plc, Abak Road branch in Uyo and 72 of the bank customers had in a petition dated December 9, 2019, alerted the Commission of suspicious withdrawals from customers’ accounts, including that of a deceased customer,” the assertion stated.
It added, “Investigation by 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.”
The EFCC stated additional investigations revealed that with out the authorisation or information of the administration of the financial institution, the defendants managed a fictitious mounted deposit account with curiosity accruing to it.