An agency worker with the Market Circle Branch of Stanbic Bank in Takoradi has been arrested for allegedly diverting thousands of cedis of customers’ deposits into his private pocket.
Initial investigations revealed that GH¢120,118 had been diverted by the suspect, identified as Eugene Fynn Arthur.
His alleged dealings were detected when a company complained to the bank that GH¢8,774 which it had paid through the suspect had not reflected in its account.
According to the police, the suspect had admitted that the money had been paid to him.
Explaining the suspect’s modus operandi, the police said after collecting money from the bank’s bulk depositors, Arthur then diverted it into his pocket, after signing and stamping the customers’ pay-in slips, while the unsuspecting customers walked away from the bank thinking that their daily sales had been deposited in their respective accounts.
According to the police, one of the companies, based in Accra but with a branch in Takoradi, informed the bank that its accounts officers had revealed some discrepancies with its accounts with the branch.
They said the Takoradi Branch Manager of Stanbic Bank commenced internal investigations which revealed that the suspect, an employee of an outsourced company, Noswall Management Services, who was attached to the bank, had received the deposits from the various customers but those deposits did not reflect in their accounts.
The police said after the bank manager had queried the suspect before the close of work, Arthur failed to turn up for work the following day and escaped to an unknown destination.
They said upon a tip-off, the suspect was traced to a hostel at Aborah in the Central Region on January 1, 2012, where he was arrested and taken to the Takoradi Central Police Station where the case had been initially reported.
The suspect has, meanwhile, been remanded in police custody by a court in Takoradi to reappear on January 18, 2012.
Source: Daily Graphic
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