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Ex-employee of CenterCredit Bank involved in misinformation attack

24 february 2014, 15:36
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Darkhan Sabdenov, former employee of CenterCredit Bank, has been taken into a 20-day custody for distributing misleading information about alleged bankruptcy of his former employer, Tengrinews reports citing the Prosecutor's Office of Almaty.

The man, born in 1984, used to be part of the execution of judgement team for Almaty in the legal department of Loans Management Office of CenterCredit Bank.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, he provided the false information to Abylkhair Nakipov, owner of Signum Law Firm JSC, and to the company's employees Victoriya Trophimovich and Aigerim Adasbayeva. From their the information west viral. Sabdenov's motives are not clear.

The Prosecutor’s Office of Almaty has initiated an administrative case against Sabdenov on Article 136-1 of the Administrative Offences Code of Kazakhstan - Damage to property via false pretences or abuse of trust. Besides, CenterCredit Bank is expected to file a separate lawsuit against him to claim the damages.

The Prosecutor's Office said that "tracking down of the remaining distributors of the misleading information is being continued" and called the people of Kazakhstan to avoid spreading groundless rumours.

The misleading information was spreading through text messages from anonymous senders saying that three large Kazakhstan banks - Alliance Bank, CenterCredit Bank and Kaspi Bank - were on the verge to bankruptcy. The buzz sprung panic and got people withdrawing their deposits and storming ATMs.

The official representative of the General Prosecutor's Office Nurdaulet Suindikov said that a lawyer of one of the banks and two other employees were somehow involved in the misinformation.

Kaspi Bank was the only bank to set a bounty to get more people searching for the source It has promised 500,000 dollars for the information. The bank has received more than 1000 calls already. But most of them were just people ready to confess anything to get their hands on the money.

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