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Banker who faked own death gets five years in jail

A former employee of Crane Bank who faked his own death to escape justice has been convicted by the Anti Corruption Court.

Brian Sempiira, a former sales executive, was sentenced to five years in jail after he was found guilty of embezzling more than Shs50m belonging to 15 Uganda People’s Defence Forces soldiers of Singo Army Training School.
The soldiers opened up accounts in Crane Bank but were unable to pick their ATM cards following their deployment to Somalia. Sempiira took advantage of the situation to draw their salaries that were deposited on their respective bank accounts.

In October, Sempiira delayed the deliverance of his judgement when he jumped bail and presented a death certificate, through his sureties, faking his death. It took the arrest of his parents for Sempiira to produce himself before court.

His co–accused, Mohan Babu an Indian national, a former Sales Manager was sentenced to one year for causing the Bank financial losses with an order for his deportation upon completion of serving his sentence.

The Principal Grade One Magistrate, Ms Dorothy Lwanga convicted the duo basing on prosecution evidence that between November and December 2011 Mr Babu, one of the convicts kept ATM cards and PIN numbers for 100 Crane Bank customers in his drawer instead of returning them to the Crane Access Department for safe custody, well knowing that such an act might cause a loss to his employer.

Prosecution further told court that Mr Sempiira sneaked into Babu’s drawer and stole fifteen ATM cards which belonged to the said UPDF soldiers and documents with PIN numbers. He later withdrew Shs 53million from the soldier’s accounts while they were on duty in Somalia.

Sempiira’s case comes barely a month after the deputy head of the Anticorruption Court Lawrence Gidudu warned of how some unscrupulous lawyers are faking their clients’ death and presenting fake death certificates to courts of law to defeat justice.

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