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Sim boxing fraudsters charged over causing financial loss to Govt

By Francis Emorut

Added 24th January 2020 09:31 AM

The accused on Thursday appeared at Buganda Road court before magistrates Stella Amabillisi and Marion Mangeni.

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From left to right sim boxing suspects Denis Musaazi, Ibrahim Kagulire, Ezra Lubega and Maxie Bingi in the dock at Buganda Road Court on Jan 23, 2020. Photo by Francis Emorut

The accused on Thursday appeared at Buganda Road court before magistrates Stella Amabillisi and Marion Mangeni.

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Six suspects arrested in connection to sim boxing electronic fraud have been charged in court over causing financial loss of sh179.8m to MTN Uganda and Government.

SIM boxing is an illegal electronic process of setting a device that can take in several SIM cards (SIM box) and using the same to complete international calls received from the internet as voice over IP (VoIP). The calls are then served to the in-country mobile network subscribers as local traffic.

The accused on Thursday appeared at Buganda Road court before magistrates Stella Amabillisi and Marion Mangeni.

They were charged with three counts of operating a telecommunications apparatus without a license, electronic fraud and abetment of unauthorized use of computer services.

They are battling the charges under sections 22, 85, 19, 21, 15 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011 and Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Act, 2013, respectively.

 im boxing suspect dward utyaba in the dock and his lawyer om egule at uganda oad ourt on an 23 2020 hoto by rancis morut Sim boxing suspect Edward Mutyaba in the dock and his lawyer Tom Tegule at Buganda Road Court on Jan 23, 2020. Photo by Francis Emorut

 
The accused are Ben Kavuma, Edward Mutyaba, Denis Musaazi, Ibrahim Kagulire, Ezra Lubega and Maxie Bingi.

Particulars of the offence

Prosecution alleges that the six and others still at large between June 2019 and January 2020, within Kampala district unlawfully used computer devices to intercept and terminate international calls in Uganda, causing financial loss of sh179.8m to Government.

It is purported that the accused committed the offence when they knowingly and unlawfully supplied MTN sim cards for use in the GMSA gateway machine also known as sim box machine for the purpose of securing an unfair and unlawful gain of unspecified sums of money.

When the magistrate read out the charges to the accused, three pleaded guilty while others denied it.

Those who admitted the offence include Edward Mutyaba, Ibrahim Kagulire and Ben Kavuma while Ezra Lubega, Maxie Bingi and Denis Musaazi denied the charges.

The court will on January 29, deliver judgement for the accused who pleaded guilty to the charges.

UCC head of compliance Abdu Sallam-Waiswa represented the state while lawyer Tom Tegule the accused.

 

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