The woes of Martha Amakye, the 34-year-old star banker of Stanbic Bank Limited who was convicted a week ago for stealing approximately 1.8m Ghana cedis of depositors’ funds are far from over as several fraud cases involving her are emerging.
While some of the victims have lodged official complaints with the police and the matter is being investigated, others are pressing civil charges against the incarcerated banker who is at the Osu police station awaiting to be transferred to Nsawam to begin her 8-year jail term in hard labour.
It is was established that she will have to shuttle between prison and Accra Commercial Court, Tema and other areas to face similar charges over her involvement in alleged widespread fraud which could compound her current jail term.
Police investigators who are building a comprehensive docket to arraign her before the court on some of the charges will not comment further on the matter when reached by MyNewsGh.com except to say the matter is being investigated and suspect could be arraigned before court soon.
Pretty-faced Marthat Amakye was last week found guilty by the court presided over by Mrs Justice Afia Serwaa Asare- Botwe for exploiting 246 customers of the bank by collecting various sums of money from them between 2015 and 2016 on the pretext of investing it in fixed deposits.
In addition to her 8 year jail time, the court also directed the state agencies to take steps to retrieve the amounts that Ms Amakye swindled from the customers, since she failed to refund it.
In January 2017, the then suspect Martha Amakye was a 33-year old worker of Stanbic Bank Ghana when she was declared wanted by the Police for allegedly defrauding customers of the bank of more than GH¢900,000. During trial, it was revealed the amount was GH¢1.8m.
Although Stanbic have sought to portray her as a contract staff, to downplay the significance of her crime to the reputation of the bank, MyNewsGh.com has discovered that she was awarded as Stanbic Bank’s star banker of many months in 2016 and early 2017 with her photo gigantically plastered at Stanbic’s Tema Community 1 branch because she was bringing in money.
Martha, indeed, was an outsourced staffer from Noswall Management Service, a recruitment agency, fled when Stanbic Bank’s financial crime control unit found out that she was involved in fraudulent transactions.