A banker at a Takoradi branch of the GCB Bank and one other have been put before an Accra Circuit Court for conspiring with nine others as well as stealing an amount of GH¢1.158 million from the bank.
The banker Ferdinand Kofi Amponsah, and Issah Alhassan have been charged for conspiracy and 23 counts of stealing from GCB. The crime is reported to have happened between June and September of 2016.
They have however been granted bail with the condition to deposit their passports at the registry of the court and to report to the police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) every Wednesday.
A bench warrant has also been issued by the court for the arrest of the nine others at large according to the report by Graphic.com.gh.
The prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) George Amegah, narrated the facts of the matter to the court. DSP Amegah pointed out that Ferdinand is the Corporate Manager of GCB Bank in Takoradi, while Issah is a mechanic and a customer of the bank.
He went on to say that September and November 2016, the management of the bank received complaints from customers about fraudulent withdrawals, which were carried out with cloned cheques drawn on accounts at the bank’s branches in Accra.
He said it was established that while the true account holders had their genuine cheque books intact but replica copies of leaflets bearing the serial numbers of leaflets,were procured with forged signatures.
Investigation revealed that Ferdinand even though stationed at Takoradi at the Corporate Banking Department, used his identification number FC07072.
This raised suspicions and further investigations led to his arrest.
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