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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 17 April 2019


29-year-old national service personnel remanded over alleged fraud

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The Nsuta Circuit court has remanded a National Service Personnel, who is doing his one-year mandatory service at the Mampong branch of the GCB bank for fraud.

29-year-old Charles Elton Nana Amoah is alleged to have defrauded 77 customers to the amount of GHc112,650.00.

Charles pleaded not guilty to all three counts of defrauding, stealing and falsification of documents.

The judge, Lydia Osei Marfo, adjourned the case to April 25, 2019.

According to the prosecutor, Police Chief Inspector James Obeng, the accused, is responsible for assisting customers who want to open new accounts.

Charles Elton is said to have taken advantage of his schedule and on different occasions stole over GHC112K of customers monies.

According to the prosecution, the crime was detected when a customer reported at the bank to withdraw an amount of GHC1,900 out of GHC3,000, which she had in her accounts.

To the surprise of the customer she was told her balance didn’t reflect the amount she wanted to withdraw.

This led her to lodge a complaint with the manager of the branch. Chief Inspector James Obeng told the court that, the suspect, who did not report to work on that day, was contacted by the Manager and sensing danger, the accused in response, quickly sent GHc1,900 to the customer, through her mobile money wallet.

The manager of the bank became suspicious and upon auditing the value books handled by the accused person the fraud was noticed.

Charles was subsequently arrested and handed over to the police and after investigations, he was charged with the offences and arraigned. earlier reported the intriguing story of a bank teller at the Tema main branch of the National Investment Bank (NIB) forgetting to lock-up an amount of GH¢35,520 in the vault on a day robbers stormed the bank.

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