DCI uncovers fraud syndicate into Kenya Power billing system

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have uncovered a fraud syndicate into the billing system in Kenya Power.

The crime busters disclosed on Monday that they have narrowed their search down to key masterminds behind the heist in the company.

It has since emerged that the persons of interest include senior officers in the finance and ICT department, a number of junior employees and accomplices operating outside the utility.

This is after IT experts from the department unearthed massive flaws and ambiguities in the billing system at the Kenya Power.

The investigations which have been going for several weeks led to the discovery of a heist at the power utility where fraudsters operating within and outside the company mint millions of shillings by manipulating both the postpaid and pre-paid systems.

The scrutiny has reached advanced stages and the crime busters are closing in on major masterminds.

Among those under investigations are Titus Kitavi who is the Kenya Power ICT General Manager, the acting General Manager Finance Ambrose Lemaon, Benjamin Muoki Phillip Mwai and several other junior employees.

In a lengthy confidential investigation document in our possession, the DCI narrated how employees collude with fraudulent IT experts operating outside Kenya power to manipulate key billing systems.

The detectives disclosed that one of the softwares that have been hacked into is the M-Pesa  ‘RADIS ‘system  which fraudsters manipulate to defraud the company  because programmers deliberately failed to develop a validator of the system transactions.

Among outsiders said to collude with employees to defraud the company have been identified by the name Albert Komen and one Edgar Ojienda.

The DCI have since warned the public against buying electricity tokens from suspect sources.


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