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General News of Sunday, 29 September 2019


GCB Bank boss assisted a ‘scammer’ to chop my $100k – Ato Essien reveals

William Ato Essien, CEO, defunct Capital Bank William Ato Essien, CEO, defunct Capital Bank

William Ato Essien has revealed that in his effort to raise some capital for his now collapsed bank, he got scammed of $100,000 dollars he was made to pay so as to access some 35 million Euros.

Speaking to Paul Adom Otchere on Good Evening Ghana earlier this week, the founder of defunct Capital Bank disclosed that Yofi Grant, who is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), introduced him to the current Managing Director of GCB Bank, Mr Anselm Ransford Adzetey Sowah, who then was working at Ghana International Bank London. Mr Sowah then led him to Mr Goldsmith whom he paid a $100, 000 to so that he could get a facility of £ 35, 000 000.

But ever since he paid the money, he has not received the £35, 000 000.

“Ray Sowah, the current GCB Managing Director, he was at the time working with GIB London, Ray Sowah led me to a gentleman called Mr Goldsmith. The gentleman was going to help us raise about 35 million Euros…We got all the documents indicating that the money was going to be made available to us. And we need to pay a £ 100, 000 in fulfilment of condition precedent, then the crystallisation follows. As we speak today, I am open for that crystallization to happen, “he told Paul Adom-Otchere.

Capital Bank had its banking license revoked in August 2017 due to insolvency. Mr Ato Essien was its founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Meanwhile he also revealed that he has sued the Bank of Ghana for revoking his bank’s license.

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