Fraudsters targeting teachers’ bank loans

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A network of fraudsters has been stealing the identities of teachers and obtaining bank loans in Kiambu and Nyeri counties.

This was revealed after atwo women were arrested at the TSC offices in Kiambu last week seeking the processing of a Sh. 1.5 million loan using stolen personal details of a teacher. The two women had sought for the loan from a bank branch in Limuru using details of a teacher at Muchatha Primary School.

According to Lillian Wachira, who is the county’s TSC director, on Wednesday last week at around 1pm, a pregnant woman had dropped the loan application form, which had been purportedly signed by the Muchatha teacher seeking a loan and counter signed by the head teacher.

The suspect produced an ID with the teacher’s name and TSC number, and the pay slip for February. The application was about to be finalized when the TSC officials noticed inconsistencies in the signatures on the document and those of the teachers in their TSC data base.

In some of the other recent incidents, the fraudsters are said to have obtained loans worth Sh. 2.8 million in Gatundu and Limuru after forging national identity cards, pay slips, and employment details of two teachers.

It further emerged that the network of fraudsters had sought loans in Thika and Kiambu amounting to Sh. 8.4 million using details of unsuspecting teachers. They have been seeking for loans f between Sh. 1.4 million and Sh. 2.3 million.