In Kampala, man arrested over hacking into emails, stealing over Shs80m

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Police in Kampala have arrested a man who has been on the run for nearly three years after allegedly hacking into e-mail accounts of different individuals and stealing over 80 million shillings.

The suspect, Mark Kigozi, was arrested in a joint operation by Special Force Unit (SFU) and Flying Squad last Thursday with his five alleged associates.

Kigozi allegedly stole the money belonging to Pastor Richard Ssendi from Bweyongerere ministries.

Pastor Ssendi accuses of Kigozi of hacking into his email address and intercepting funds from his donor, Terry Charlton from the UK Ministry.

“Mr. Terry is supporting our church and some of the disadvantaged children we’re looking after and when I went to some of the Kampala internet cafes, computer wizard Kigozi used the same computer I was using to access my email account and my password and started accessing information from Mr. Terry and also get information about our money and he used to call instructing us. He then edited Mr. Terry emails ordering us to send some of the money to his mobile number and that’s how he managed to steal all that much money which was supposed to look after kids and building our church,” said Ssendi.

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Police paraded Kigozi who accepted having taken the money.

“I took only shs60 million and it’s true I hacked into pastor’s email that’s how I managed to access that money from them and I used that money to buy a Golf car and the balance I used it to have fun with my friends. I was planning to steal another Shs400million from them following the proposal I had submitted and the account number I opened in Standard Chartered Bank but before the money was sent, Mr. Terry asked Pastor Ssendi whether they had changed the account number and that’s how they arrested me from Kampala streets,” Kigozi revealed.

Nansana Division DPC Bernard Katwalo said Kigozi will be produced in court once investigations are complete.


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