File photo: Arrest
File photo: Suspect handcuffed

A 29-year-old National Service person serving at the Asante Mampong Branch of GCB bank in the Ashanti region has been remanded into prison custody by the Nsuta Circuit Court over alleged fraud.

The suspect, Charles Elton Nana Amoah is said to have defrauded 77 customers of the bank to the tune of GH₵112,650.00.

He pleaded not guilty to all three counts of stealing, defrauding by false pretence and falsification of documents and would reappear in court on April 25, 2019.

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The Police Prosecutor, Chief Inspector James Obeng, told the court, presided over by Mrs Lydia Osei Marfo, that the complainant was the Branch Manager of the Asante Mampong GCB, while the accused was a National Service person attached to the unit of the bank responsible for assisting customers, who want to open new accounts.

He said the accused then took advantage of his schedule and at different dates and time and stole the said amounts belonging to the customers.

According to the Prosecution, the crime was detected when a customer reported at the bank to withdraw an amount of GH₵1,900.00 out of GH₵3,000.00, which she had lodged in her accounts.

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Mr Obeng said the customer became alarmed when she was told that there was no such money in her savings account, subsequently she reported the matter to the Manager.

He said the suspect, who did not report to work on that day, was contacted by the Manager and sensing danger, the accused in response quickly sent GH₵1,900.00 to the customer, through her mobile money wallet.

Chief Inspector Obeng said the Manager then became suspicious and decided to go through the value books handled by the accused person and noticed the fraud.

He said the accused was subsequently arrested and handed over to the Police and after investigations; he was charged with the offences and arraigned.

Source: GNA