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15.10.2008 Crime & Punishment

Three bank officials granted bail for alleged theft

By gna

Three officials of the Senya Breku Union Bank who allegedly transferred various sums of money totaling GH¢71,627.52 from different branches of the bank and lodged it in the account of a customer, were on Wednesday granted bail together with the customer in a total sum of GH¢284,000.00 by a circuit court in Cape Coast.

Emmanuel Nketia 29, Bismark Kwabena Effah 27, Samuel Botchway, 27 all officials of the bank and the customer Courage Gakpetor, a 33-year old student, pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit crime and stealing and were granted GH¢71,000.00 bail each.

They would re-appear on Tuesday November 4.

An alleged prime suspect who is also an official of the bank, William Amonoo now on the run is being sought by police.

Chief Inspector Hope Azasoo who gave the facts of the case, told the court presided over by Mr Richard Asiedu-Badu that in September this year, the general manager of the bank detected that an amount of GH¢71,627.52 had been withdrawn from the bank's cash reserve of its various branches into the account of Gakpetor.

He alleged that investigations carried out by the bank revealed that the transfer process, was ordered by Amonoo, and made possible through the assistance of Nketsia, Effah and Botchway.

Chief Inspector Azasoo said Gakpetor withdrew all the cash from his account and when arrested, told the police, that the money was meant for the payment of goods he supplied to Amonoo.

He said the three officials during investigations denied knowledge of the transfers claiming the authorization was made solely by Amonoo in their absence.

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