Police in Mangochi have arrested Henry Bauleni, 31, on suspicion that he was defrauding people through mobile money transactions mostly using the Airtel Money platform.
Mangochi Police Station deputy spokesperson Amina Tepani-Daudi said police received many complaints from people robbed through Airtel Money bogus transactions perpetrated by fraudsters.
She said police issued a search warrant to trace mobile numbers the suspect was using to defraud the victims.
Daudi said: “On July 23 this year, we captured Bauleni at his house in Traditional Authority Mponda in connection with a series of theft offences through a call log follow-up. We suspect that he siphoned about K900 000 from different Airtel Money agents and individuals. Records show that more than 30 victims were defrauded.”
She said they found Bauleni with over 70 simcards and a notebook with different phone numbers and pin codes he might have been using to hack people’s accounts.
Police have since charged Bauleni, who is an ex-convict, with theft.
Bauleni comes from Maida Village, Traditional Authority Kapichi in Thyolo. n