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Suspected serial ATM card fraudster netted
Publish Date: Jul 08, 2014
Suspected serial ATM card fraudster netted
John Charles Obita was rescued by the Police from an angry mob that almost lynched him. PHOTO/Richard Adrama
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By Richard Adrama

A man suspected serial ATM card fraudster has been arrested while attempting to withdraw money from Centenary Bank Arua branch.


The suspect identified as John Charles Obita, was rescued by the Police from an angry mob that almost lynched him.

Albert Clay Mulele, the bank branch manager, said the arrest followed a tip off by clients and concerned onlookers who descended on the suspect on seeing him with 10 ATM cards from different banks.

“We arrested him with the help of our customers, security guards from the nearby institutions and members of the public on Main Street after he tried to run away with money drawn from the ATM fraudulently,” said Mulele.

Eyewitnesses at the scene said a mob soon gathered and tried to overpower the security guards in an attempt to lynch the suspect.

Mulele said the suspect was kept in a secret place before the Police were called in.

Jonathan Musinguzi, the district Police commander, said the Police responded swiftly and took Obita to Arua Police Station. He said they are investigating the matter and Obita would be arraigned in court.

Mulele noted that there has been an increase in the number of goons who dupe and swap ATM cards of unsuspecting clients in Arua town.

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