GHC150,000 fraud charge: Banker in serious trouble for forgery

GHC150,000 fraud charge: Banker in serious trouble for forgery

A former employee of Barclays Bank Ghana Limited, Anthony Frimpong Asare, has been charged with four counts of forgery.

The suspect has been named in a GH¢150,000 fraudulent scheme and has been granted bail in the sum of GH¢20,000 with one surety.

Asare, who was a lead generator at the bank’s Adum branch in Kumasi, allegedly forged the signature of Elvis Boapeah, the bank’s relationship manager.

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Asare was arrested on October 17, 2018 after the bank made a formal complaint to the police at the Manhyia Divisional Command.

The prosecutor, Inspector N. Kwakye, told the court that the complainants, Owusu Appiah Kubi and Elvis Boapeah, are head of forensic Investigations and relationship manager respectively at the bank.

A customer of the bank, Regina Kumi, in August 2018, applied for a loan from the bank, but the application was declined on grounds that she was self-employed.

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Asare, who was then the lead generator at the bank’s Adum Branch, visited Regina Kumi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Multi Trust Lending Financial Service, at her office on September 24, 2018. reports that Asare told Regina he could facilitate the loan for her and subsequently adopted an elaborate scheme.

Inspector Kwakye said the accused also doctored information in the bank’s system to match the forged document.

The bank later detected that Regina, whose loan application was declined, had been credited with the said amount.

The case was referred to the forensic investigation department, whose preliminary investigation revealed the fraud perpetuated on the bank, which led to Asare's arrest.

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