October 2, 2022

How Man Murdered on Mirema Drive Loved Stealing From Cooperative Bank ATMs

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Samuel Mugoh Muvota is a name that has been in the mouths of many for the past three days following his unfortunate murder in one of the alleys of Mirema Drive area.

What started as a story of an unknown man shot dead in his Honda CRV by an unknown assailant has turned out to be a juicy narration occupying newspaper headlines after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations laid bare the life of the man lying at the City Mortuary.

In a series of tweets compiled by the detectives, they paint Muvota as a man who lived on borrowed time having allegedly orchestrated dozens of crimes raging from obtaining money fraudulently, conning, stealing from unsuspecting victims at ATMs, and being the leader of a stupefying gang known as ‘mchele gang’ among others.

In particular, the detectives exposed how the suspected thug loved swindling and stealing from ATM outlets, especially those of Cooperative bank, where he regularly orchestrated his crimes.

According to DCI, Muvota was widely known by cyber security specialists in the banking sector for the many times he fraudulently accessed clients’ accounts at city ATM’s sweeping the accounts clean.

Detectives believe that he succeeded in his trade by colluding with crooked banking officials who assisted him to clean up accounts in a matter of minutes.

Muvota began his trade in 2011 by hanging around city ATM’s and offering to assist customers who had difficulties withdrawing money from their accounts. Working with crooked banking officials who would jam the teller machines once a client inserted his ATM card, Muvota would approach the client offering to assist.

He would insert the clients’ card then pretend to be facing away and ask the client to key in his password and first confirm the balance before withdrawing the amount they wished.

However, since the machines eject the ATM card first, he would get hold of the card as the unsuspecting client waited for the cash. At this point, Muvota would swap the card with another and hand the happy client a fake card.

Muvota would then visit different ATM booths withdrawing cash until the accounts were swept clean. In a well-orchestrated scheme, Mugota would strike past 5 in the evening when he was sure that account holders would not walk back to their banks to inquire.

The deceased is said to have been so well versed in his trade that he knew all the ATMs within the city and its environs without a CCTV camera.

In a series of camera images, he was captured withdrawing money from various ATMs across the city from Ruaka, to Eastleigh, to Kayole and even as far as Kajiado.

“The high-tech phone scammer was so smart in his dealings that he left no trail of his transactions, by operating over 300 registered bank accounts, spread out across three leading banks,” DCI stated.

To try cover his tracks, he introduced himself as a police inspector based at Kiambu, and true caller identified him as Inspector Morris-Kiambu.

“Muvota had been arraigned at Kiambu, Makadara, Milimani, Thika and other law courts on numerous occasions but found his way out, often by approaching the complainants and paying them back their money. The complainants would then disappear,” DCI affirmed.

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